Zara Rossi pulls wide the heavy oak door and steps silently into the Ancient Manuscripts room of the Vatican Library. In awe, she observes the world’s elite scholars examining records of antiquity. Brilliant, a natural beauty, but socially awkward, the young American doctoral candidate is studying Paleography at Rome’s prestigious La Sapienza University, and plans a career decoding history’s most venerable archives. On that day, she hopes to find the perfect document as a focus for her dissertation. Instead, she stumbles upon a private note – an obscure scrap penned in 1534. Its startling message warns of a painting, its icons indicating imminent disaster for the Pope and the Church of Rome.
With that revelation, Zara’s life is forever altered.
The story of Zara and her determined search for a portrait of immense importance, lost to history, is the story of each of us. It’s about how we seek to find ourselves, to validate our importance in the world; how we convince ourselves that we are worthy of respect and love.
Historians know there would have been numerous portraits painted of Queen Anne Boleyn. However, they are all missing: seemingly forever gone. Yet, if a contemporary painting of Anne might be miraculously found, it would be inestimable in value. Even more rare, a dual portrait of Anne and Henry VIII would be a discovery which would set the art history world on fire. And if that painting were to hide encoded messages? Well...it would be a find of epic proportions.
Thus, the story of a masterpiece imagined, created, lost and and sought, took shape.