Category Archives: Second Lisa

The Art of Time Travel

                  Traveling back in time to rescue lost art, interact with artists, and be a fly on the wall in the fifteenth-century has been the premise of most of my books starring … Continue reading

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Boy Friday

Meet Count Francesco Melzi, Leonardo’s most important apprentice, secretary, archivist, confidante, guardian bulldog, and the executor of his estate after a friendship of only thirteen years. Francesco, ‘Cecco,’ made his way to Leonardo’s studio in 1506 at the age of … Continue reading

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Guilty till proven innocent

The Buchi Della Verita or ‘the mouths of truth’ were ballot boxes for anonymous accusations during the time of Leonardo da Vinci. It was one such ‘ballot’ which drove the twenty-four year-old Leonardo into irrecoverable shame that surfaced from time … Continue reading

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There’s No Place Like Home!

On April 15th 1452, at the 3rd hour of the night, no less. Leonardo’s birth was so recorded by his grandfather. Now that’s precise. Where he was born is another story. Personally, standing in the landscape where Leonardo played as … Continue reading

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The Saddest Words in Art…

 NOW LOST… These two devastating words have inspired most of my novels. I write about missing art and the lost lives of artists and their forgotten models who, over time, have become the anonymous heroes and heroines of art. While … Continue reading

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Nothing Up Her Sleeve

Stuff happens… The lower third of this painting by Leonardo is missing. Where did it go? Was it destroyed through accident or by malicious design? What was this girl holding in her hands? I premise it was a bouquet of … Continue reading

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A Sign of the Times?

Artists were not permitted to sign their paintings in the fifteenth century. Even the subjects’ identities were disguised under a layer of flattering (or covertly unflattering) iconography. Anagrams, puns, links to family crests, and professed virtues linger under ambiguous titles … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Leonardo painted two ‘Madonna of the Rocks,’ so why not two Mona Lisas? Provenance is sketchy, but amongst the many copies of the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo’s students and admirers, one stands out as a possible second ‘Lisa.’ Spectro cameras … Continue reading

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What Raphael Saw

This is Raphael’s drawing of the ‘Mona Lisa,’ executed in situ when Leonardo da Vinci’s ground-breaking portrait was displayed for artist’s to copy, in 1504. Raphael was a faithful draftsman, so there’s no reason to believe he strayed from what … Continue reading

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The first cellular phone?

I see an angel reading a text message. This painting, the Angel and Tobias (c. 1467) from the studio of Andrea Verrocchio, is considered to contain three of the earliest instances of painting by Leonardo da Vinci’s hand, likely a … Continue reading

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