To Mantua and Beyond
A Novel by
Catherine McGrew Jaime
The cover design is by Nathaniel Jaime, using the sketch Leonardo da Vinci drew of Isabella d’Este while he was in Mantua.
Copyright 2012 by Catherine McGrew Jaime
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As the fall weather began cooling off, Leonardo was putting the final touches on his Last Supper mural. The first rumors had reached Milan that King Louis XII of France was on his way, claiming he had hereditary rights and a legitimate claim to the rule of the city. When the rumors intensified, Duke Lodovico called his trusted military engineer to him. When Leonardo appeared in the inner portions of the castle, it was clear that the duke was distraught.
Leonardo stood in front of him, wondering what the latest project might be that Lodovico would want him to turn his attention to and why it was causing him such concern. He had just finished painting the Last Supper mural after all this time, and was sure that the duke must have some other artistic task to fill his hours.