By James McKean
Within the culture of many times, a sweeping love story/time-travel epic positioned among the modern day ny artwork global and fifteenth-century Tuscany. Matt O’Brien has a quiet existence: A portray restorer with a specific love of the Quattrocento interval of the Italian Renaissance, he toils away millimeter by way of millimeter, bringing outdated oils to new mild. yet sooner or later he occurs upon a portray within the basement of the Metropolitan Museum that's thick with centuries of yellowed varnish and dirt. As he uncovers the portrait of a mysterious, attractive girl, he unearths himself struggling with an pressing feel of déja vu coupled with the discomfort of falling in love with anyone lengthy useless. in the meantime, unusual issues were taking place within the museum because the set up of a wood-paneled room from Gubbio known as a studiolo. As Matt more and more seeks safe haven during this magical room from the pressures of getting in all likelihood came upon a Leonardo da Vinci, the centuries slip away and he reveals himself within the middle of a love triangle, with Anna on one facet and the Machiavellian knight Leandro, combating for her fortune, at the different. Obsession and keenness combust during this unique story that's without delay modern and wealthy in interval aspect. Rooted in artwork historical past, song conception, and the rudiments of physics, McKean's debut novel is a spell binding story of time commute and danger. With twists and turns which are as exciting as they're unforeseen, Quattrocento is escapist storytelling at its very most interesting.