- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780575238
- ISBN-13: 978-1780575230
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,836,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story In The History of Art Paperback – 2012
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From the beginning there is no way of the reader anticipating where the curiosity for a heartbreakingly beautiful old painting of a Mother and Child will take its owner. Only after decades of it hanging in her family home does she seriously decide to investigate both it and other objects and artworks which came with it; a bequest to her father, a doctor, from a grateful patient and friend. If the painting itself was not enough the collection included engravings, one a mysterious map, conspiratorially commissioned by King Louis XIV of France, of areas controlled by the Knights Templar around their naval base of Marseilles before their supposed demise in the early 14th century. It is one of only four copies. But even her father could not tell his daughter what they all meant, if anything. Or so it seemed until after he passed away, when it was discovered that he had left a vital clue to her in pursuit of her investigations. One that would lead to a 14th century document, scandalously ignored both in Scottish and British history which, amongst the other spectacular revelations it contains, was actually the foundation stone of the American Declaration of Independence!Read more ›
I originally came across Da Vinci's Last Commission while researching my book of art related fiction Mona Lisa's Secret and had assumed it was also a fictional account. I recall the day I opened the book vividly - it was a solar eclipse - there was a magic and power in the air. I walked around Wellington's South Coast, sat down upon the grass by the sea and read the first page and was hooked instantly. Unlike Dan Brown's DA Vinci code - which I have read other reviewers compare this book with - Da Vinci's Last Commission is not a sensationalised work of fiction but a true story born of fact and meticulous research.
As Fiona writes, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" from the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (which I had never heard of before). I heard so many things I had never before questioned yet had always felt a sense of disquiet about. reading this book was a wonderful wake-up call.
If you are looking for an intriguing, compelling and thoroughly captivating read and love art Da Vinci's Last Commission is a must.
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The reviews here are clearly divided, two-tailed. Having read thousands of Amazon reviews, I've found that this almost always indicates that there is some important truth in the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lucy Skywalker
The painting and the other items passed on with the painting are worthy of study - but this book is no study. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maria L
A very unusual and intriguing book . The painting has many secret symbols included to pass on a message , one of which I spotted myself, which had not been noticed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr. Malcolm Hayes
I generally prefer to not say anything at all instead of saying something negative but in this case, I cannot withhold my opinion, especially at the princely Kindle sum of $12. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by C. B. Breaker
The author has a beautifully flowing style of writing which gently and lovingly guides the reader through complex explanations of historical and spiritual significance. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Within The Crystal Connection
A probable DaVinci unfinished work of spiritual art is left in the hands of a writer of uncommon courage. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Earle H. Baldwin
I usually read fiction but found this book akin to a treasure hunt for the truth about Christ and truly engrossing. Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Agar
I found this a rather tedious read, and could only bring myself to skim read the second half. The author seems to lack basic judgment. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by A. Jordan
Da Vinci's Last Commission is the story of a painting that was given to the author at the age of forty by her mother; originally being given to her father, a physician, by a... Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by sheila r. greer