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Publisher's Summary

The Tattooist of Auschwitz meets Girl with a Pearl Earring in this gripping, dual-timeline historical novel about one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings and the woman who fought to save it from the Nazis.

Between 1939 and 1943, the Nazis stole every known painting by Leonardo da Vinci, imprisoning the original owners or worse. This is the story of the most infamous of these thefts.

Munich, 1939.

In fear of the brutal Nazi regime, art conservator Edith Becker is forced to find one of the world's most priceless works of art and hand it over to none other than Hans Frank, the Butcher of Poland. Confronted by the horrors she witnesses in Poland and risking her own life, Edith tries to hide her own small acts of resistance and avoid the unpredictable gaze of Frank himself.

Milan, 1492.

Cecilia Gallerani, the beautiful mistress of the duke of Milan, must fight for her place in the palace and against those who want her out. Sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, she becomes the subject of his most ambitious portrait to date.

Two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history as one painting stands at the centre of their quests for their own destinies.

©2020 Laura Morelli (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A gorgeous and propulsive novel that brings to dramatic life the stories of Leonardo da Vinci, the subject of one of his most famous paintings, and the Monuments Men's quest to rescue that masterpiece from the Nazis during World War II." (Stephanie Storey, author of Oil and Marble and Raphael, Painter in Rome)

"An astonishing, epic tale that seamlessly spans centuries of history and art, encompassing the beauty of the Renaissance and the horrible truths of Nazi Germany. Masterfully imagined and unforgettable, this riveting novel shows us the power of art to bring hope in a world of despair." (Crystal King, author of The Chefs Secret and Feast of Sorrow)

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