Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened–Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of... show more
On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened–Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist. No story captured the imagination of the world quite like this one. Thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the empty space where the painting had hung. They mourned as if Mona Lisa were a lost loved one, left flowers and notes, and set new attendance records. For more than two years, Mona Lisa’s absence haunted the art world, provoking the question: Was she lost forever? A century later, questions still linger. Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed. R. A. Scotti’s riveting, ingeniously realized account is itself a masterly portrait of a world in transition. Combining her skills as a historian and a novelist, Scotti turns the tantalizing clues into a story of the painting’s transformation into the most familiar and lasting icon of all time.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publish date: April 7th 2009
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, 20th Century
, True Crime
, Art History
This was a very informational and fun read. I never even knew the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, but now I do. This book presents accurate information in an interesting way. It was only about 220 pages, so the author could have gone into more detail, and she kept referring to Mona Lisa as "she", but ...
I actually listened to the audiobook version of this one, which made me want to read the print version. The reader was talented but seemed enamored of her ability to pronounce all the French and foreign words and names and that got in the way for me. Also, it is content rich and hard to digest when ...