I, Mona Lisa

I, Mona Lisa

Jeanne Kalogridis / Jul 21, 2019

I Mona Lisa My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo though to acquaintances I am known simply as Madonna Lisa My story begins not with my birth but a murder committed the year before I was born Florence

  • Title: I, Mona Lisa
  • Author: Jeanne Kalogridis
  • ISBN: 9781429906029
  • Page: 127
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  • My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa My story begins not with my birth but a murder, committed the year before I was born Florence, April 1478 The handsome Giuliano de Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence s magnificent Duomo The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from t My name is Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo, though to acquaintances, I am known simply as Madonna Lisa My story begins not with my birth but a murder, committed the year before I was born Florence, April 1478 The handsome Giuliano de Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence s magnificent Duomo The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa.More than a decade later, Florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano s nephew and namesake But when Guiliano, her love, meets a tragic end, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life.Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.

    I, Mona Lisa Jeanne I, Mona Lisa opens with the Pazzi conspiracy You can almost hear the swords clanging together in the great Florentine cathedral, surrounded by priceless Rennaissance art With this fascinating beginning, we meet the main charactor, Lisa di Antonio Gherardini, the woman depicted in the famous painting Mona Lisa. I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis May , I, Mona Lisa tells the story of Lisa whose last name escapes me , the real woman painted in the famous artwork, The Mona Lisa Using a stream of history in her work, the author is able to paint this story within the time of the Pazzi and Medici family rivalry. Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa m o n l i s Italian Monna Lisa m nna li za or La Gioconda la d o konda , French La Joconde la k d is a half length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci that has been described as the best Mona Lisa History Facts Britannica Mona Lisa, oil painting on a poplar wood panel by the Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, probably the world s most famous painting.It was painted sometime between and , when Leonardo was living in Lil Wayne Mona Lisa Lyrics Genius Lyrics Referencing the ambiguity of Mona Lisa s smile, this song finds Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar weaving a story of a deceptive woman who sets her boyfriend up for a robbery. On Mona Lisa Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci Facts History of the The Mona Lisa is quite possibly the most well known piece of painted artwork in the entire world It was painted by the Leonardo Da Vinci, the famous Italian artist, between and , and is a half body commission for a woman named Lisa Gherardini. Why Is the Mona Lisa So Famous Britannica The Mona Lisa s fame is the result of many chance circumstances combined with the painting s inherent appeal There is no doubt that the Mona Lisa is a very good painting It was highly regarded even as Leonardo worked on it, and his contemporaries copied Mona Lisa effect is real but doesn t apply to Leonardo s Mona Lisa effect is real but doesn t apply to Leonardo s painting Sensation typically occurs when subject s gaze is at angle between and degrees. The Mona Lisa, history and mysteries Muse du Louvre The Mona Lisa painting is one of the most emblematic portraits in the history of art, where is located at the Louvre.Painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the th century, it joined the collections of the court of France before being added to the works on display at the Nat King Cole Mona Lisa YouTube Sep , Mona Lisa is a song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for .

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        Jeanne was born in Florida , and has been interested in books ever since Her interest in language led her to earn an M.A in Linguistics She taught English as a Second Language for eight years at The American University of Washington, D.C before retiring to write full time She now lives in California with an overly adored Labrador retriever Her outside interests include yoga and reading everything ever publishedcmillan author jeanne


    249 Comments

    1. I've never had a book disappoint me in this way. The first half was pure 5 stars. I couldn't put it down. I loved the writing style, the story, everything. You know an author is good when you know the outcome, but still find yourself at the edge of your seat. This started with the famous and gruesome murder at The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Then enters Girolamo Savonarola, the fanatical monk who turned Florence upside down. I found the author kept close to the facts about the Medici's an [...]


    2. 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 whi [...]


    3. This book starts with a bang; it is very exciting! You are drawn in immediately, but then it goes down-hill, unless you enjoy fictitious murder mysteries. If you know me, you know this genre is not one of my favorites! Far from it. What I did enjoy was reading about Renaissance Florence, peopled with the likes of Savonarola and the Medici family. Michelangelo and Leonardo de Vinci have to be included too. The author has not twisted the historical dates and events. What she has done is bind toget [...]


    4. In her follow-up to 2005's The Borgia Bride, Ms Kalogridis brings to life the woman behind the enigmatic smile of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting. Lisa di Antonio Gheradini is born the daughter of a successful cloth merchant in 15th century Florence, a city dominated by the Medici and rife with dangerous intrigue and treachery since the assassination attempt known as the Pazzi Conspiracy, during which the Medici overlord, Lorenzo Il Magnifico, lost his brother and nearly his own life. L [...]


    5. I, Mona Lisa takes you into the heart of Florence when the monk Savanarola, was preaching his messages of hell fire and brimstone against the Borgia pope's decadence and lust, the evilness of sodomy, and what was going to happen to the rich of Florence if they did not repent and change their ways; in the middle of all this you meet you Madonna Lisa, her sick Mother, her faithful yet beautiful slave, her deceitful Father and the hateful and demanding world which she is tossed into. From the first [...]


    6. After reading her Diaries of the Family Dracul I decided to look into her historical fiction novel, The Borgia Bride and I loved every single word of it. I, Mona Lisa takes place in the same time frame of The Borgia Bride, has some more in depth scenes of characters that were only mentioned in the Borgia Bride and is every bit as good!I really enjoy how Kalogridis writes historical fiction. She uses real events and people from history and 'fills in the blanks' as it were in regards to what she t [...]


    7. I found this book surprisingly engrossing, albeit in asort of way, but better.The story centers around a murder - that of Giuliano de Medici in the late 15th century in Florence - and the subsequent solving of that murder. (Another good book on this subject is also one I mailed out for bookmooch called April Blood, but that book was more dry and less entertaining that this one - though the fictional details closely resemble the actual ones)The plot has a decent pace, the characters are effective [...]


    8. I am a big fan of historical fiction and love Cecelia Holland, Kate Horsley (please write more!) and was thankful to discover Jeanne Kalogridis. This is a read I devoured to get to the next gripping development. I will read anything this author writes. Her style is rich and her characters feel real and felt by the reader. A visually and emotionally satisfying read. "Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately d [...]


    9. I started this book on Wednesday and it's now Saturday night and I just finished. I'm slightly embarrassed by how much time I devoted to reading this book. It truly was a fantastic read. The storyline was very captivating and held your interest literally until the last line of the Epilogue. There were only 2 things about it that kept me from giving it 5 stars. 1) There was a little bit of questionable language. It wasn't very much and it didn't even occur until almost 2/3 of the way through, but [...]


    10. La storia e' abbastanza bella, ma lo stile della Kalogridis e' sempre lo stesso, un romanzo Harmony con piu' pagine ed uno sfondo storico.Il libro si legge bene ma alla fine mi sembra sempre che manchi qualcosa.


    11. 3.5/5. A different perspective on Mona Lisa’s parentage and yet another reason for her mysterious smile. I like how this author uses undisputed facts for the majority of her book, and then adds her twists to “ behind the scenes”.There are two( or more) sides to every story, as proven by the array of books written about 15th century Italy.


    12. Lisa is de dochter van een wolhandelaar in Medici Florence. Samen met haar moeder deelt ze een liefde voor kunst. Maar dan valt de stad ten prooi aan de monnik Savonarola die predikt tegen al deze uiterlijke verlangens en nog veel meer tegen de machtige Medici familie. De geschiedenis lijkt zich te herhalen: net als tijdens die bloederige dagen van tientallen jaren eerder wordt het gevaarlijk een vriendin te zijn van de Medici. In een web van leugens en intriges zal Lisa alles en iedereen op het [...]


    13. I Mona Lisa takes place in Florence near the end of the Medici family's golden years. The novel begins with the murder of Guiliano de Medici and the attempted murder of his brother Lorenzo. The opening chapters were slightly confusing for me because this is the first HF novel I have read set in Italy during this time period. The second chapter explained a lot of Italian politics of the time period, but I felt overwhelmed with the names and information. I am glad that I continued reading this boo [...]


    14. One day while perusing some books on , I came across this book. Despite never having been familiar with the author, the premise of this book intrigued me. I, Mona Lisa tells the story of Lisa (whose last name escapes me), the "real" woman painted in the famous artwork, The Mona Lisa. Using a stream of history in her work, the author is able to paint this story within the time of the Pazzi and Medici family rivalry.What I really enjoyed about this book was the author's ability to keep the story m [...]


    15. I, Mona Lisa is another breathtaking, fabulous historical novel by Jeanne Kalogridis. Bringing a keen eye for detail and a marvelous pen to Renaissance Italy, Kalogridis weaves a compelling tale of jealousy, passion, secrets, lies and power where she attempts to unravel the strange secrets behind Leondardo di Vinci's most famous piece of art.I, Mona Lisa follows the life of Italian noblewoman Lisa, the subject of de Vinci's Mona Lisa through the tumultuous changes in Italy and the fall of the po [...]


    16. This book is to historical fiction what Twilight is to a Pulitzert even close. At what point did the memo stop circulating that says "naming your characters with names of famous historical figures does not historical fiction make"? What the author has done here is create a pseudo saga that happens to take place in Renaissance Florence, and with characters who happen to have names like Leonardo DaVinci and Lorenzo di Medici. It is blatantly obvious this woman had this silly little damsel in distr [...]


    17. Lisa Gherardini is told her horoscope is forged in fire and she must finish what was started before her birth.Guiliano DeMedici, youngest brother of Lorenzo, The Magnificent, ruler of Florence had been assassinated before her birth.Growing into womanhood Lisa falls in love with Lorenzo's youngest son, another Guiliano.Florence is in turmoil, roiled up by the fanatic preacher, Savonarola. With the death of Lorenzo, civil war breaks out between the DeMedicis and the Pazzi family. The DeMedicis fle [...]


    18. I have read a couple of Jeanne Kalogridis' Italian Renaissance novels and I always seem to find the same thing- she is excellent at excitement in her novels (enough to keep you interested) but that is generally at the expense of Any historical accuracy. If you accept the fact that aside from some basic dates and events easily gleaned from , the historical side is more of a side than a feature. In the case of this book, the liberalities can partially be excused by the fact that not THAT much is k [...]


    19. What I know about the real Mona Lisa is absolutely nothing. So I'm not sure what is fact in this book and what is fiction. The author did have a historical note in the back, but it mainly just said she stuck to fact when it was known, and embellished things when the actions weren't clear. Alrighty then.Nevertheless, I loved this book. You are drawn straight into Lisa's world during Italy's tumultuous time period with the "prophet" Savonarola. The book I had read recently, Signora Da Vinci, touch [...]


    20. Betrayal, Love, Loss: A Story of Mona LisaThis tale is set against the turbulent backdrop of late 15th century Florence. Through the eyes of Lisa di Antonio Gherardini Giocondo, we meet the Medici, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, feast on the Florentine Renaissance and then experience the puritanical turbulence of Girolamo Savanarola (including the Bonfire of the Vanities). The story itself, though, is an intricate tale of Lisa's life complete with elements of love, high d [...]


    21. This is the second book written by Jeanne Kalogridis that I read in only a few days. She tells the story combining real facts about the Medici family and 15th century Florence with made up events that make the reading even more enjoyable. It's the Florence of renaissance, the Florence of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Brunelleschi. It's the Florence of political disputes and vengeance. In some way, it's almost like a very old mafia story.


    22. This book is kind of Philippa Gregory-ish for those who like ehr. I like getting really involved in a story & while this book has a great plotline with twists & turns throughout the novel, I wouldn't consider it a literary classic. However, it's a fun read and once you get into the heart of it, it's impossible to put down.


    23. I decided to dive into this book while reading about art in the Renaissance. This was a wonderfully written book full of suspense. I was drawn in immediately and couldn't put it down. I found it to be historically accurate and now long to know more about the Medici family. Will definitely read more of this author's work.


    24. a fun mystery set in florence in the time of da vinci. has a couple good twists, and a couple foreseeable ones. if i had a beach-reading shelf i'd put it on that too


    25. don't know why it took me forever to read this book, it was torture! and I'm sure it wasn't any where near the truth of her life


    26. Good enough, but a bit far fetched even for a novel. Anyhow, it was interesting enough considering all the different Mona Lisa theories.


    27. This is a somewhat interesting, though not very deep book. The plot is predictable, but it does make you want to read more about the Medici.



    28. Overdone, more detail than necessary. I had difficulty with all the character names. Waited in vain for the climax that never really came.


    29. I really enjoyed this book. Its one of those kinds of books that you just don't want to put down and can find yourself reading for hours on end. Now as an early warning, if you look for strict historical accuracy in historical fiction booksis one might not be for you. Jeanne Kalogridis takes plenty of creative liberty while recreating the life of the little known historical figure, Lisa Gherardini, the model for Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa. She stretches to make connections between hi [...]


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