Den unge og vakre Luciana Vetra arbeider som modell på deltid og hore på heltid. Da hun blir spurt om å stå modell som gudinnen Flora i Sandro Botticellis maleri La Primavera, samarbeider hun gjerne - helt til kunstneren sender henne på dør uten betaling. Hun blir fornærmet og stjeler en uferdig versjon av maleriet - men hun finner snart ut at noen er villig til å drepe henne for å få det tilbake. Luciana bestemmer seg for å søke hjelp hos den eneste mannen som aldri har forsøkt å utnytte skjønnheten hennes, bror Guido della Torre, en novise ved Santa Croce-klosteret. Sammen flykter de fra Firenze og videre gjennom ni betydningsfulle byer i renessansens Italia, mens de forsøker å løse maleriets gåte
In this exhilarating cross between The Da Vinci Code and The Birth of Venus,an irrepressible young woman in 15th-century Italy must flee for her life after stumbling upon a deadly secret when she serves as a model for Botticelli...
When part-time model and full-time prostitute Luciana Vetra is asked by one of her most exalted clients to pose for a painter friend, she doesn't mind serving as the model for the central figure of Flora in Sandro Botticelli's masterpiece "Primavera." But when the artist dismisses her without payment, Luciana impulsively steals an unfinished version of the painting--only to find that somone is ready to kill her to get it back.
What could possibly be so valuable about the picture? As friends and clients are slaughtered around her, Luciana turns to the one man who has never desired her beauty, novice librarian Brother Guido. Fleeing Venice together, Luciana and Guido race through the nine cities of Renaissance Italy, pursued by ruthless foes who are determined to keep them from decoding the painting's secrets.
Gloriously fresh and vivid, with a deliciously irreverent heroine, The Botticelli Secret is an irresistible blend of history, wit, and suspense.
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When the painter Botticelli doesn't pay Luciana Vetra for her work as one of his models, she steals an unfinished painting. After people around her start dying--murdered by someone who wants the painting and its secrets back--Luciana goes on the run, looking for answers.… (more)