In 1525, Bernardino Luini, of the Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, was commissioned by the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Saronno, Italy, to paint a fresco of the Madonna. Bernardino, an extremely passionate and talented painter, first turned his efforts toward finding the perfect model patient, poised and, most of all, beautiful. And, after weeks of tireless searching, he finally found her, a young innkeeper whose name has been lost through the ages. For the next few months they worked in intimate settings, never more than a few feet apart. The young girl fell deeply, and passionately, in love. And, as a gift of her love, she created a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur for Bernardino. It was the first bottle of Disaronno.