The New York Times

“With sometimes dizzying effect, Collinsworth vaults between granular detail and grand context. What the Ermine Saw bolts through wars and empires, art-making and state-making across the continent in the last 500 years.”

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

“Princes, dukes and enterprising women fill this story of the life of a remarkable painting . . . Ms. Collinsworth proves herself a skilled portraitist in her own right.”

Wall Street Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Intriguing… This is an entertaining and accessible study of a masterpiece.”

Publishers Weekly

Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

“A picaresque of unbridled passions and unmitigated scoundrels. Eden Collinsworth takes us on a glorious romp through the great palaces and palazzos of Europe as she traces the extraordinary adventures of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest masterpieces.”

—Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

Kirkus

“Collinsworth unwinds a thoroughly captivating story about a single painting… Filled with beauty, passion, greed, and evil, [her] search is a spirited art history yarn.”

Kirkus