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The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II…
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The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy (2020. Auflage)

von Laura Morelli (Autor)

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Titel:The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy
Autoren:Laura Morelli (Autor)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 496 pages
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When evil leaders become powerful, as we've seen through history, it can lead to danger that is extremely destructive not only with human lives but also its surroundings with beauty and art. This story follows the portrait of "Lady with an Ermine" created by Leonardo da Vinci in the 1490s in Italy. This is a painting of Cecilia Gallerani, the beautiful mistress of the Duke of Milan when she was 16 years old.

In the late 1930s, the painting was part of a private collection in Poland. Art conservationist Edith Becker, an expert with Italian Renaissance paintings, was reassigned from her museum job to assist Hilter's movement by compiling a dossier of old masters in Polish collections. Her list and assistance helped the Nazis take priceless pieces of art and objects. In the 1940s, Dominic Bonelli, an American soldier was told he had a new job to work with the Monuments Men to get art works back from the Nazis and return it to their owners.

This WWII story is different from others as it's about the valuable pieces of stolen art and objects. The author did an incredible amount of research to create this emotional story told by four narrators which flows seamlessly. It's not necessarily one to read quickly as there is a lot to digest. In the book, Leonardo da Vinci says: "Man will always make war. But it is art and beauty, I think, that will give us something to live for." Once again, the author begs us to question: when will we learn?

My thanks to Laura Morelli, HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to rad this copy. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
This was a quick read. Though there were four points of view and 4 timelines (the four timelines gradually merged into two), it was easy to follow. I haven't read much about Italian history and had read nothing about the fifteenth century, so those chapters were especially interesting to me. I also enjoyed reading about the efforts to save and restore art in the WWII chapters. I would have been interested to read more about the restoration process, but I do understand why the author didn't go into it more here.

I did find some aspects of the book a bit repetitive, especially in Edith's and Dominic's chapters.

Overall this was an interesting read: a look at 1400's Italy and a different side of WWII. ( )
  ang709 | Aug 16, 2021 |
An interesting mix of time periods. I seem to be in a Nazi history period. This is about the art theft during WWII with flashbacks to 1400 Milan. ( )
  shayes1 | Jul 13, 2021 |
This book alternates between four points of view. In 15th century Milan, Cecilia sets herself up to become the mistress of the Duke of Milan. Leonardo Da Vinci, while dreaming of war machines, paints her portrait. At the beginning of WWII, Edith, a German art restorer, is tasked with uncovering priceless works of art throughout the conquered territories. At the end of WWII, after landing on the beaches of Normandy, Dominic is tasked with working with the Monuments Men team.

Although this was an interesting story, the book itself was a bit repetitive and slow moving. Each point of view was only for a page or two, which made it hard to get to know the characters. The book would have been much better of the author took her time with the story, rather than flitting from story line to story line. Overall, 3 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Nov 30, 2020 |
THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is set in a dual timeline ranging from 1492, Milan, to Munich during WWII.

We meet Cecilia Gallerani who is the woman in Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous portrait Lady with An Ermine. We follow her life as the mistress of Ludovico il Moro. It isn’t a life I would have wanted to live.

We then meet American soldiers who are helping the Monuments Men retrieve stolen paintings and Edith Becker a German art expert ordered by the Reich to find the most valuable paintings that were hidden by families that were forced to evacuate.

These stolen paintings were to become part of a private collection of German officers.

Edith wanted to protect the art at all costs, but she also had to protect herself.

This book is an extremely well written history lesson and interesting to me because of the art as well as WWII.

Ms. Morelli’s marvelous research and telling of the events in both timelines had me looking up more information on Leonardo Da Vinci, the German officers, the Monuments Men, and Cecilia Gallerani.

Ms. Morelli’s writing style and descriptions brought the characters and situations to life.

Historical fiction fans and art connoisseurs will not want to miss this book.

THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is superb and a work of art in itself.

It is a beautiful tribute to artists of the world and to those who fought to preserve it.

You will be shedding tears of joy as well as sadness as you read this phenomenal book. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  SilversReviews | Oct 26, 2020 |
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