Grey, Christopher. Leonardo's shadow; or, my astonishing life as Leonardo da Vinci's servant.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Young adult review - Book review
 
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GREY, Christopher. Leonardo's shadow; or, my astonishing life as Leonardo da Vinci's servant. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 391p. c2006. 978-1-4169-0544-8. $8.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2006: Although Leonardo da Vinci and the Duke of Milan figure prominently in this novel, this is a creative rendering of the life of Giacomo, da Vinci's servant/apprentice. Beginning with the historical fact that da Vinci took in a young boy accused of thievery and provided for him throughout his life (as mentioned in legal papers, journals and letters), this novel provides a back story and a prominent role for Giacomo in da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper. Readers will be quickly drawn into the world of art patronage in the Renaissance, as well as into the clash between peasants and aristocracy. Artists were themselves caught between two worlds and da Vinci is portrayed as having both a creative mind and a shrewd sense of survival. Giacomo himself is interested in the art and caught in the intrigue of Milan in the 15th century. Da Vinci has had a falling out with the Duke; the painting

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