The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy

The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy

"This is a truly original novel that has earned its place among my favorite works of historical fiction."--Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of The Gown

An exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.

Milan, 1492: When a 16-year old beauty becomes the mistress of the Duke of Milan, she must fight for her place in the palace—and against those who want her out. Soon, she finds herself sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, who wants to ensure his own place in the ducal palace by painting his most ambitious portrait to date.

Munich, World War II: After a modest conservator unwittingly places a priceless Italian Renaissance portrait into the hands of a high-ranking Nazi leader, she risks her life to recover it, working with an American soldier, part of the famed Monuments Men team, to get it back. 

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

Title:The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy
ISBN:9780062993571
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  • Angela M

    A centerpiece in this novel, a painting by Leonardo da Vinci is almost a character itself in this fantastic work of historical fiction. “Lady With an Ermine” today hangs in the National Museum in ...

  • MicheleReader

    Fans of historical fiction will enjoy The Night Portrait. The book is set during WWII and also in the late 15th century in Renaissance Italy. It starts with Leonard da Vinci who is preparing to leave ...

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. A compelling historical fiction,  The Night Portrait as the title suggests is set into his...

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair

    "The Night Portrait" is a dual-narrative historical fiction of two women set in both the time of Renaissance Italy and in 1940s Europe during the height of World War II's messy ending. The narrative h...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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...

  • Carol lowkey.bookish

    The book switches between Milan in the 1490’s and Munich during WWII. The Milan chapters describing the Duke of Milan’s mistress, Cecilia, were the most fascinating to me. I was captivated by Ceci...

  • Lori Spielman

    Laura Morelli’s The Night Portrait is simply a masterpiece. Morelli imagines a sophisticated plot, fleshes it out with historically significant characters, and spins it into a truly spectacular read...

  • Deanne Patterson

    Visit my blog here https://cnnamongirl.wixsite.com/websi...Quite possibly the best historical novel I've read this year! Amazing in every way!A split time level taking place in Italy in the 1490's and...

  • Jaksen

    Wonderful book which I won from the Goodreads giveaway program. A book for any lover of WW2 literature which remains steadfastly true to the time. Told from four viewpoints set in different times and ...

  • Morgan

    This book is slow. It does not live up to the description which I certainly found interesting.It felt like two different books in one: Leonardo/Cecilia (1400’s) and Edith/Dominic (1944/45 – WWII)....