Essentially Giconda by Lucille Turner is the story of Leonardo Di Vinci and how he came to paint the Mona Lisa… just the dark side of his life.

The bi-line for the book is “We know him as the Renaissance genius: inventor, scientist, artist. They knew him as Leonardo from Vinci: heretic, butcher, lunatic”

To be bluntly honest I struggled reading this. It completely destroyed any semi-romantic view I have ever had about the Mona Lisa and her famous creator. I was really looking forward to reading this because it sounded interesting but I found it over the top with gory imagery that was unnecessary. It is almost like she was trying too hard to deliberately gross the reader out to keep them interested in a weak story line.

The only thing I liked about it was the cover.


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