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I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis
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May 01, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favourites, historical-fiction

I,Mona Lisa takes the readers back in time in the 15th century Florence during the last years of rule of Lorenzo de' Medici and the raise of the Dominican monk and religious fanatic Girolamo Savonarola who preaches against any kind of display of art, even comfort, against the Medici and the pope.

We are introduced to this world through the eyes of young Lisa. Lisa is the daughter of a successful wool merchant and his mysterious aristocratic wife.

Historical note:
There seem to be some evidences which point that Giuliano and Lisa were lovers in real life and when he went in exile in 1494,she was pregnant.
And so some believe that the portrait was commissioned by Giuliano Himself.It is said that da Vinci mentioned a painting "of a certain Florentine lady" done from life at the request of the magnificent Giuliano de' Medici.

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Reading Progress

May 1, 2012 – Shelved
July 4, 2012 – Started Reading
July 5, 2012 –
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July 6, 2012 –
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July 6, 2012 –
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July 7, 2012 –
89.0% "I don't want this book to end !!"
July 8, 2012 – Shelved as: favourites
July 8, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 8, 2012 – Finished Reading

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