Waiting On Wednesday – April 28

The Bellini Madonna

May 25th 2010 by Picador USA

Thomas Lynch, a disgraced, middle-aged art historian, goes in search of a lost masterpiece, a legendary Madonna by the Italian master Giovanni Bellini. Insinuating himself into the crumbling English manor house where the painting may be concealed, Lynch attempts to gull the eccentric and beautiful women who live there—though he himself seems to be the pawn in this elaborate game. A Victorian diary draws Robert Browning into the painting’s complicated provenance.

Interlaced with complex clues and hidden jokes, The Bellini Madonna reels from the lush English countryside to the sternly lovely hill towns of the Veneto, from the fifteenth century to the twenty-first.