Well, not exactly, but I got your attention! Mona Lisa never lived in Venice or was a gondolier, but she was a Beautiful Woman, so I guess the topic fits in my blog.
I was actually interviewed by the AUTHOR of Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, Dianne Hales. Turns out we live only a couple hours away from each other, and she’s working on a new book about passion–in all the raucous forms it takes. A mutual friend disclosed the secret that I’m absurdly passionate about Venice, so Dianne and I met at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and had a lovely conversation. I’m confident that Dianne can make something interesting of my inane gushing.
But back to Mona Lisa. I recently finished reading Dianne’s book and thoroughly enjoyed being transported to a Renaissance Italian city other than Venice. Dianne includes not only the information she unearths about Mona Lisa’s family and Leonardo Da Vinci’s life, but she also recounts her own journey, which included dangerous forays to Tuscan villas and perilous glasses of wine. I posted a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you’d like to check it out. Mona Lisa review
Next I’m dipping a toe into Dianne’s earlier book La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language. Her writing style is so seamless and fun to read, and I look forward to this next literary adventure.
(Thanks to this Pinterest site for the Mona Lisa on a gondola pic: https://www.pinterest.com/marieclaireart/ɽọω-ƴọʊґ-ɓọąᎿ/)