Da Vinci's Tiger

I used additional resources to guide me in writing Da Vinci’s Tiger, but these proved the most comprehensive and helpful, and are excellent sources for your own exploration of 15th century Florence, Leonardo, his peers, Ginevra and other women of the Renaissance.

Leonardo, Verrocchio, and Ginevra:

Atalay, Bulent and Wamsley, Keith, Leonardo’s Universe: The Renaissance World of Leonardo da Vinci, National Geographic.

Bambach, Carmen, editor, Leonardo Da Vinci: Master Draftsman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

Brown, David Alan, Leonardo Da Vinci: Origins of a Genius, Yale University Press.

Brown, David Alan, Virtue and Beauty: Leonardo’s Ginevra de’ Benci and Renaissance Portraits of Women, National Gallery of Art and Princeton University Press.

Butterfield, Andrew, Sculptures of Andrea Del Verrocchio, Yale University Press.

Christiansen, Keith and Weppelmann, Stefan, editors, The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

Clark, Kenneth, Leonardo Da Vinci, Penquin Books.

Kemp, Martin, Leonardo da Vinci: the Marvellous Works of Nature and Man, Oxford University Press.

Kemp, Martin, editor, Leonardo on Painting, Yale University Press.

Klein, Stefan, Leonardo’s Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World, De Capo Press.

Nicholl, Charles, Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind, Penguin Books.

Vasari, Giorgio, The Lives of the Artists, Oxford World’s Classics.

Wells, Thereza, editor Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks, Oxford World’s Classics.

Articles on Ginevra:

Bull, David, “Two Portraits by Leonardo: Ginevra de’ Benci and the Lady with an Ermine,” Artibus et Historiae, Vol. 13, No. 25.

Fletcher, Jennifer, “Bernardo Bembo and Leonardo’s Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci,” The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 131, No. 1041.

Garrard, Mary, D., “Who was Ginevra de’ Benci? Leonardo’s Portrait and its Sitter Recontextualized,” Artibus et Historiae, Vol. 27, No. 53.

Garrard, Mary, D. “Leonardo da Vinci: Female Portraits, Female Nature,” adapted from Nature, Art, and Gender in Renaissance Italy.

Walker, John, “Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci,” Report and Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Vol. 1.

The Medici:

Hibbert, Christopher, The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall, Harper Perennial.

Martines, Lauro, April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici, Oxford University Press.

Unger, Miles, J., Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo De’ Medici, Simon & Schuster.

The Renaissance:

Aston, Margaret, editor, The Renaissance Complete, Thames & Hudson.

Brucker, Gene, Florence: The Golden Age, 1138-1737, University of California Press.

Cahill, Thomas, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, Nan A. Talese, Doubleday.

Fitzroy, Charles, Renaissance Florence on Five Florins a Day, Thames & Hudson.

Frick, Carole Collier, Dressing Renaissance Florence: Families, Fortunes and Fine Clothing, Johns Hopkins University Press.

King, Ross, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Penguin Books.

Randolph, Adrian W. B. , Engaging Symbols: Gender, Politics, and Public Art in Fifteenth-Century Florence, Yale University Press.

Trexler, Richard C., Public Life in Renaissance Florence, Cornell University Press.

Le Murate:

Ciapelli, Giovanni and Rubin, Patricia Lee, editors, Art, Memory, and Family in Renaissance Florence, Cambridge University Press.

Strocchia, Sharon, T., Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Weddle, Saundra, editor, The Chronicle of Le Murate by Sister Giustina Niccolini, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance.


Thiem, Jon, editor, Lorenzo De’ Medici: Selected Poems and Prose, Penn State Press.


Ginvera’s Story: Solving the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci’s first known portrait, National Gallery of Art

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance, PBS


An exquisitely detailed story of the passionate relationship between artist and muse, whose spirited yet gentle Renaissance heroine put me in awe of just how far women have had to come in 500 years. Beautifully painted.

Elizabeth Wein, Printz Honor winner and NY Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity