The young and beautiful daughter of a wealthy family, Ginevra longs to participate in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence but is trapped in an arranged marriage in a society dictated by men. The arrival of the charismatic Bernardo Bembo introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers. Bembo chooses Ginevra as his Platonic muse and commissions a portrait of her by Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them, one Ginevra only begins to understand. In a rich and vivid world of exquisite art, Ginevra faces many challenges to discover her artistic companionship-- and to find love.
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by L.M. Elliott
by Mary Abbajay
by L.M. Montgomery
"With this Renaissance-period novel, L.M. Elliott explores the brilliant world of upper-crust Florence, and the gilded cage it was for women. Narrator Elizabeth Wiley does a solid job for the majority of the narration, but when she gives voice to Ginevra de' Benci, she uses a high-pitched, aggressively girlish voice. Since Ginevra is the main character of the novel, this approach makes much of it a difficult listen. For some listeners, this character voice may not be a problem. But others will find it grating and immensely distracting from the fascinating world of Renaissance Italy and the life of Ginevra--particularly where it intersects with Leonardo da Vinci-- which is described so well by Elliott. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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