Waiting on Wednesday – Week 148

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It’s to spotlight upcoming reads that I’m DYING to get my hands on!

This week’s WoW is:
Da Vinci’s Tiger by Laura Malone Elliott

Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.

November 10, 2015 ● Goodreads

It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve taken art or have learned about art history, but I can’t WAIT to read this one. Learning about Leonardo da Vinci’s life has always been super interesting for me and this one sounds like an amazing historical journey into the world of Renaissance art.

What are you waiting on?


  1. I've seen this cover before, but this is the first time I read the synopsis. It sounds really interesting! I hope you enjoy reading it.

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  2. I'm really excited about reading this book as well! It sounds fantastic and so unique with all the history and the art.
    Great pick!

  3. Oh wow, that cover is super cool! I don't read many books centred around art history but this one sounds really, really good :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf


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