Lady with an Alien: An Encounter with Leonardo Da Vinci (Art Encounters)

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· Sci-fi author Mike Resnick has won more awards than Ray Bradbury or Isaac Asimov
· Leonardo da Vinci, star of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code, is hot
· Time travel, adventure, humor—Lady with an Alien is an Art Encounters tour de force!
Lady with an Ermine, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of a patron’s mistress holding the symbol of her lover’s family, is perhaps his most beautiful painting. But...is that what ermines really look like? Mike Resnick, the author of Hugo Award winners Kirinyaga and Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, presents an exciting reimagining of this great painting in his first-ever book for young adults. The time-traveling hero, Mario Ravelli, develops a unique friendship with Leonardo da Vinci during a vacation from 2523 A.D. The story of how Mario’s pet becomes the lady’s ermine makes for an intriguing, entertaining journey to Renaissance Italy, and gives a unique look at the work and the creative process of a great master.
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Mike Resnick, the world’s most honored science-fiction author, has won the Hugo Award four times, as well as a Nebula Award, a Locus Award, and many others. His work appears regularly
in Asimov’s Science Fiction and Science Fiction Chronicle. He lives in Cincinnati.
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Gr. 6-9. The Art Encounters series of novels gets a Close Encounters twist when Leonardo da Vinci meets a blue creature from outer space. Leonardo befriends its guardian, Mario, a human time traveler from the year 2523 C.E., with whom he discusses his techniques and philosophy ("I am a realist and a scientist") and, in exchange, receives carefully edited details about the far-off future. In a somewhat convoluted conclusion, Resnick, a Hugo Award-winning sf author, proposes that the pale, rodentlike critter in da Vinci's painting Lady with an Ermine (reproduced on the front cover) was Leonardo's sly homage to Mario's pet alien. The energetic exchange of ideas dominates this series entry, leaving characterization and dramatic tension neglected, but it still serves as an offbeat option for introducing the iconic Renaissance man to high-school art-history students--one that may prove more appealing to some than a traditional textbook. A preface and afterword celebrate Leonardo's genius and explain Lady with an Ermine's provenance; further end matter includes a time line, a black-and-white reproduction of Mona Lisa, and images from Leonardo's sketchbooks. Jennifer Mattson
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