Michelangelo's statue of David is renowned all over the world.
Thousands flock to Florence to admire the artistry behind this Renaissance masterpiece, and to admire the beauty of the human form captured in the marble.
But the identity of the model for this statue that has been so revered for over five hundred years has been lost ...In this epic story Mary Hoffman uses her persuasive narrative skills to imagine the story of Gabriele, an eighteen-year-old who, by becoming Michelangelo's model, finds himself drawn into a world of spies, politicking, sabotage and murder.
Set against the backdrop of Florence, this is a rich, colourful and thrilling tale.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 02/02/2012
- Category: Historical
- ISBN: 9781408800515
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Review by boppisces
Yet another fantastic historical fiction book from Mary Hoffman, this one set between 1501 and 1504. The book centres around naive Gabriele who has just arrived in the city of Florence where politics divide the city into warring factions, resulting in bloodshed and murder. Drawn into the intrigue, Gabriele poses for Michelangelo’s now world famous statue of David. The identity of the real David is unknown, but Hoffman has crafted a believable tale around the story that well could have been. I think the cover is fantastic. There is also a contents page, historical notes which help to ground the story, a glossary and an acknowledgements page. There is a list of characters included which I only discovered at the end. My only criticism is that I wish this list had been placed at the start of the book! Another great read.