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Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing

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When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, it was twenty-four hours before anyone knew it was missing. Afterward, thousands of people flocked to see the empty space where it had once hung, many of them having never seen the painting in the first place. In Stealing the Mona Lisa, Darien Leader takes the intriguing story of the theft of the Mona Lisa and the publics reaction to it as a starting point to explore the psychology of looking at visual art.

What do we hope to see in paintings, and what do they hide from us? Why should some artists feel compelled to live lives that are more colorful than their works? And why did the police bungle their long investigation into the theft of Leonardos masterpiece? Leader combines anecdote, observation, and analysis with examples taken from classical and contemporary art to create a surprising and fearless interrogation of what we see in art.

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ISBN:
9781593760397
Author:
Leader, Darian
Publisher:
Counterpoint LLC
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
ART / History/General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 8 oz

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