- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (16 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780571135
- ISBN-13: 978-1780571133
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Da Vinci's Last Commission: The Most Sensational Detective Story in the History of Art Hardcover – 16 Aug 2012
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"A must for fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code" (Scottish Field)
"Riveting . . . Not only does the book open an informed and interesting debate on the evidential history of Jesus, but it will also get people discussing art" (Estelle Lovatt Art of England)
A remarkable true story that reveals how a mysterious Renaissance oil painting inadvertently led to one of the world's greatest heresies of the last two thousand yearsSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
For those that think that Taxus and I and other eulogisers are just gullible, and that the book has problems, please read on. I have some criticisms and they need a bit more explanation.
Fiona McLaren inherited an extraordinary gift from her father - actually a cache of related artefacts, of which the most significant is a beautiful and mysterious painting that some experts have estimated could be an unknown Da Vinci original, or at least have the master's hand on it. It was bequeathed to her father, a GP, by one of his patients, a high-ranking Mason. The fact that he bequeathed, to a non-Mason, what could well be his own most precious heritage, suggests volumes about the integrity of Fiona's father, and by association, her own integrity - which becomes clear as the book opens.Read more ›
I should have been put off by the fact that the author starts with pages of biographical stuff about how wonderful her father was, and by the breathless, rather gushy writing style. Then there's the comment that there is "plenty of evidence" that Mary Magdalene (yes, that lady gets everywhere these days) went to France. There is no evidence. There are only plenty of myths. Ms McLaren clearly has no idea how to indulge in the basic academic activity of separating primary and secondary sources, and discarding fairy tales.
And not much idea about art, either. Does she really think the Madonna reproduced here could be by da Vinci (the poor fellow must be revolving in his grave) or even one of his pupils? You have only to look, for a start, and the claw like left hand and then the right hand, half obscured by the baby. The sausage like thumb and first half finger of the right hand is above the baby's own right arm and way below it, with no pretence at proportion, are the remaining (slender) three fingers. If da Vinci painted this his genius must have left him in his latter years.
I bought my book from a charity shop, and it will shortly return there. Judging from some of these reviews there are actually people out there who enjoy this kind of "sensational (fictional) detective story".
As someone once said, there's one born every minute......
.To me, Fiona Mclaren fully merits five stars for this one..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative, well researched, and for the record I did read it all.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived in good condition. A fascinating read tho' at times it seemed a bit sci-fi psychobabble - but not enough for me to lose interest. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2014 by archy
I found this book disjointed and not very convincing. Style of writing rather schoolgirl. Reference to Dan Brown put me off.Published on 26 Feb. 2014 by Lesley Christiansen
This title is misleading as one would beieve it would involve more of the investigation. Too much space on how wonderful the authors family are insted of getting into the case from... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by carhamleddy
I was recommended to read this book by a colleague who had heard the author speaking. I have only just started to read it but I know that I will find it very fascinating.Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by Diane Berry
To start with I thought it may be about another art theft but soon got interested in other facets of the book. Occasionally a wee bit long in the tooth.Published on 28 April 2013 by Paul Millar
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I thought this would be another art theft true detective story along the lines of the invisible Rembrandt or art heist it... Read more