Thomas Lynch was once a brilliant young art historian. Now he is a disgraced, middle-aged art scholar, overly fond of the bottle and of his fresh young students. But when he sets out to rediscover a lost masterpiece, a legendary Madonna by the Italian painter Giovanni Bellini, his life takes a sudden and bewildering turn.
The Bellini Madonna is an unsettling story of obsession, delusion and redemption, of sex, beauty and the nature of art. It is, in the words of Hilary Mantel, 'a sparkling, accomplished novel, written with finesse, each paragraph glowing with wit'.