The second Mrs. Gioconda
How did Leonardo da Vinci come to paint the most famous portrait of all time?Leonardo da Vinci's lying, thieving, and indispensable servant-apprentice, Gian Giacomo de' Caprotti, called Salai, recounts the circumstances and motives behind the master's painting of the Mona Lisa
From the PublisherThe Mona Lisa... Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?
No one knows for sure. But this story of Leonardo, his wayward apprentice Salai, and the Duke of Milan's plain young wife, Beatrice d'Este, may hold the clue to the most famous -- and puzzling -- painting of all time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the AuthorE.L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. In 1968, won the Newbery Medal and was named a Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for . Among her other acclaimed books are , , and .