Saturday, October 16, 2pm Eastern


Art Lovers Book Club

Free online event sponsored by the Attleboro Arts Museum


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Two women, separated by 500 years, are swept up in the tide of history as one painting stands at the center of their quests for their own destinies.

Join art historian and USA Today bestselling author Laura Morelli for an evening of art history, adventure, and inspiration. We’ll unravel the story behind Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with the Ermine and its incredible journey from 15th-century Milan into the hands of the Nazis in World War II Poland.

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THE NIGHT PORTRAIT is an exciting, dual-timeline historical novel about the creation of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, Portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, and the woman who fought to save it from Nazi destruction during World War II.

Milan, 1492: When a 16-year old beauty becomes the mistress of the Duke of Milan, she must fight for her place in the palace—and against those who want her out. Soon, she finds herself sitting before Leonardo da Vinci, who wants to ensure his own place in the ducal palace by painting his most ambitious portrait to date.

Munich, World War II: After a modest conservator unwittingly places a priceless Italian Renaissance portrait into the hands of a high-ranking Nazi leader, she risks her life to recover it, working with an American soldier, part of the famed Monuments Men team, to get it back.


LAURA MORELLI holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling historical novelist.

Laura has taught college students in the United States and Europe. She is a longtime trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, known for her Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes MADE IN ITALY and other guides. She has been a columnist for National Geographic Traveler and Italy Magazine, and has also developed lessons for TED-Ed.

As a historical novelist, Laura’s passion is bringing the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, THE GONDOLA MAKER, was one of the first independently published novels to earn a starred review in Publishers Weekly; it went on to win an IPPY Award and Benjamin Franklin Award. THE PAINTER’S APPRENTICE was a finalist for the 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards grand prize, and was an Editor’s Choice in the Historical Novels Review. THE GIANT won an IndieBrag Medallion. THE NIGHT PORTRAIT was a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller and book club pick at Costco, Target, Veranda, and Hudson News. THE STOLEN LADY, Laura’s latest historical novel, follows the Mona Lisa from 15th-century Florence to World War II France.