The Second Mrs. Giaconda

The Second Mrs Giaconda Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand In E L Konigsburg s intriguing

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Why did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand In E L Konigsburg s intriguing novel, the answer lies with the complex relationship between the genius, his morally questionable young apprentice, and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensWhy did Leonardo da Vinci lavish three years on painting the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand In E L Konigsburg s intriguing novel, the answer lies with the complex relationship between the genius, his morally questionable young apprentice, and a young duchess whose plain features belie the sensitivity of her soul.
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  • Annemarie says:

    You know, it's tough when you're teaching a sixth grade IMG class and you read something that makes you start to tear up and you have to pretend you're not crying. :) I loved this book. I love Konigsburg in general, but this i think is one the best and littliest known works by this great author. This tale is a wonderful story with woven strands of history about Da Vinci braided into a fictional but fascinating possible account of who the Mona Lisa really is. Highly recommend it!

  • Cheryl says:

    One thing Konisgburg always does well is 'subtle depths.' Some of the other reviewers wanted more characterization apparently they weren't willing to read between the lines. Others wanted more of the model 'Mona Lisa' herself but that wasn't the point. Others wanted more history not remembering that not enough is known to build a novel on, and such is admitted in the preface.Anyway, thoughtful and poignant, with some truly beautiful bits, as is usual from this author.I love when Beatrice teaches [...]

  • Teresa says:

    I wanted to like this children's book more than I did because Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler was one of my absolute favorites when I was a kid, one I reread multiple times, and one I've given as a gift many times.My main issue with this book, though it has a great premise, is that there's not enough characterization or even plot. It also needs more atmosphere and 'place', and less straight 'telling'. In From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler , I fel [...]

  • Julie says:

    A wonderful little book!

  • Rebecca Radnor says:

    A book about Leonardo's assistant (NOT a book about the Mona Lisa, anyone who wrote that didn't actually read the book), could be used in an art class. This book suffers the same fate as movies with a misleading trailer. Folks go to the movie theater expecting one thing, and then leave dissatisfied and unhappy because they didn't get it. Good movies have died at the box office for just this reason, and I think this book falls into that category because of misleading dust jacket.This is the story [...]

  • Daniel says:

    There are very few authors whose books I will seek out, but Konigsburg is near the top of my list. Everything I've read of hers has been slightly different, and certainly far from "traditional" in the YA genre.Here Konigsburg offers up some "historical fiction" about Leonardo DaVinci. I rather like the way Konigsburg handles this -- while the book seems to be about the painting of the Mona Lisa, it really is about the events leading up to the how and why of the painting. In fact, we don't meet t [...]

  • Kristine Hansen says:

    This is not about what you think it might be about. There is no Mona Lisa painted anywhere in this book. Just so you know.There is also a distinct lack of plot, and our main character is an unlikeable little brat that makes me want to shake him sometimes until his teeth rattle. Leonardo is flat and barely there. And the only character worth mentioning is the wife of the Duke, someone who doesn't seem important at all (though she turns out to be somewhat important in a rather muddied sort of way) [...]

  • Shana says:

    E.L. Konigsburg wrote one of my favorite books from childhood, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, so when I spotted this at a library bookstore I scooped it up. It didn't disappoint, it was a couple hours of historical fiction from the point of view of Saila, an assistant to Leonardo da Vinci. He humanized not only da Vinci, but gave voice to Beatrice d'Este, wife of Il Moro the Duke of Milan and a major supporter of da Vinci. Beatrice was plain, but Saila kind of fell in the [...]

  • Jessica says:

    I typically really like Konigsburg's works, but this one threw me off. It is about a 14-year-old boy who becomes an apprentice for Leonardo da Vinci. Promising plot, right? Think again. I don't know exactly where it went wrong, but here are some thoughts: I just couldn't identify with the main character. He was impersonal and annoying. Also, the storyline was kind of strange. I thought that all of the scattered parts would be building up to some culmination at the end, but it was really kind of [...]

  • Summer Rosario says:

    "This was a woman who knew that she was not pretty and who had learned to live with that knowledge. This was a woman whose acceptance of herself had made her beautiful in a deep and hidden way. A woman whose look told you that you were being sized up by a measuring rod in her head; a measuring rod on which she alone had etched the units. A woman who knew how to give pleasure and how to give pain. A woman who knew how to endure. A woman of layers."

  • Kristina says:

    I'm not finished this reading, but I've read it before. I know I enjoyed it, but I must say, I've already been distracted by some of the ill-chosen contemporary words that are jarring and out of place in historical fiction. I don't want to hear anyone using the word "guys" in Renaissance Italy

  • Rachel says:

    It was ok it was not the best book I ever read but it was ok

  • Megan says:

    How did the Mona Lisa, a merchant's wife, a woman of little consequence, come to be painted? There is an idea here of how and I quite like it.

  • Madalynn Parker says:

    This was a really cute book, with a really cute story line. I like that the story was told from the perspective of one of his apprentices. The title of the book is a little misleading though, as "the second Mrs. Giaconda" doesn't make an appearance until the last three pages of the book. But I suppose it's titled what it is, because the whole book is leading up to that point. So if you're reading the book and thinking, "Where the heck is this 'second Mrs. Giaconda?', just keep reading the book, [...]

  • Liz says:

    After reading some the disappointed reviews, I had to add my two cents. This is a fabulous bookbut not if you are expecting an entire story about Da Vinci's most famous painting. Rather, this is a subtle, but well-told, fictionalized story that makes Leonardo Da Vinci (and his supporting cast) come alive. The story is told from the eyes of Da Vinci's servant and apprentice, Salai (mentioned in Da Vinci's journals). Konigsburg's writing is subtle, and occasionally I think her point might be over [...]

  • Calista says:

    A diamond in the ruff! I happened to pick this up at the library. What a gem of a book. This is about Salai, apprenticed to Leonardo Da Vinci. E. L. Konigsburg brings this history story alive and fleshes it out. The dialogue sparkles and it feels like this is an autobiography. Anyone in art history would do well to read this amazing book about the famous painting of Mona Lisa. A lot of details are in this little quick read. E. L. did her homework. I had never heard of it, you probably haven't ei [...]

  • Danielle says:

    “This was a woman who knew that she was not pretty and who had learned to live with that knowledge. This was a woman whose acceptance of herself had made her beautiful in a deep and hidden way. A woman whose look told you that you were being sized by a measuring rod in her head; a measuring rod on which she alone had etched the units. A woman who knew how to give pleasure and how to give pain. A woman who knew how to endure. A woman of layers.”

  • Mary Montgomery says:

    If you've ever wondered about da Vinci or the Mona Lisa, you will find this book interesting. Even if you haven't wondered it's a wonderful book.It's slight in size and very well-written. It mostly revolves around da Vinci's apprentice, Salai, who is a character in himself. I would like to read more by this author.

  • Shannon says:

    Fun, easy to understand historical fiction. Another great work by E L Konigsburg!

  • Megan says:

    This was a nice light read. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Jodi says:

    Konigsburg has written books that I adore, but this isn't one of them. It was interesting but not riveting.

  • Susan Chambers says:

    A quiet, little book. Not the best, but certainly a good read.

  • Ceinwyn says:

    Even though I was reading this for school, I absolutely love this book.

  • Natalie says:

    I read the book The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E.L. Konigsburg. It all starts out with this 10 year old boy named Salai. Salai is a poor peasant with a sister named Dorotea and a father. Salai is a rude, irresponsible thief but that all changes when he crosses paths with the great Leonardo De Vinci. Salai tries to steal from him but in which is caught and instead of punishing Salai, Leonardo takes him under his wing. Salai gets a job as an apprentice for Leonardo. There are many other kids there bu [...]

  • Megan says:

    Actual rating: 2.5 stars

  • Paige Winters says:

    The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E.L. Koningsburg is about why Leonardo De Vinci painted who he did for the "Mona Lisa". It starts out following a young boy in Milan named Salai who steals to provide for his family. He attempts to steal a mans wallet, but the great artist Leonardo De Vinci confronts him. He asks Salai to be his art apprentice and he agrees. While Leonardo is studying something in the mountains they meet Beatrice, who soon becomes the Duchess of Milan. The three of them become great f [...]

  • Brye Williams says:

    This book was about how Leonardo da Vinci took in a theft as a apprentice. Young Salai inspired his master by the bad things he did. When patron named Moro asks for a painting Salai meets duchess Beatrice. They become very close friends. Beatrice is a very plain person who has a child and slowly drifts apart from Salai. When the master makes a sculptor of a horse Beatrice is not pleased with it either and soon after begins to change with her apperence. Salai had been selling Leonardo's ideas and [...]

  • Katie Fitzgerald says:

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.When Salai is taken on as an assistant to Leonardo DaVinci, he becomes part of a three-way friendship which also includes Duchess Beatrice d'Este whose plainness keeps her in the shadow of her beautiful sister, Duchess Isabella. It is through this connection, born of DaVinci's eye for the inconspicuous, that the creation of the famous Mona Lisa comes to be.Konigsburg is one of my favorite children's authors because her books cover such a wide [...]

  • Kaitlin Ruiz says:

    The frontispiece to my old copy of "The Second Mrs. Gioconda" is a cartoon; a sketch, a concept of the greater work to come. A cartoon lays down the artist's warm, thriving ideas. It might not topple with details. Some might call it incomplete or unfinished. Yet, the work of a cartoon is to prepare viewers for the coming work. In the hands of a master, it is a treasure. And Leonardo, "one of God's finest inventions," was one such master.E.L. Konigsburg is a master, too. This story, in effortless [...]

  • Sherrie says:

    "The Second Mrs. Gioconda" by E. L. Konigsburg(from the back cover)The greatest artist of his time apprentice with a larcenous heart and an aversion to the truth.a young duchess whose plain face belies her beautiful soul. Could the complex ways these three lives intertwine hold the key to a historical riddle as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's smile--why Leonardo da Vinci devoted three years to a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a [...]

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