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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa

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On August 21, 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s most celebrated painting vanished from the Louvre. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art.

 

The sensational disappearing act captured the world’s imagination. Crowds stood in line to view the empty space on the museum wall. Thousands more waited, as concerned as if Mona Lisa were a missing person, for news of the lost painting. Almost a century later, questions still linger: Who really pinched Mona Lisa, and why? Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the puzzling case that transformed a Renaissance portrait into the most enduring icon of all time.

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In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" vanished from the Louvre. As French detectives traced the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist. "Vanished Smile" reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed.

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R. A. Scotti is the author of Vanished Smile, a 2010 Edgar Award nominee, as well as three previous works of nonfiction, including Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal—Building St. Peter’s and Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938, and four novels.  She lives in New York City.

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Macster, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Macster)
While everyone is familiar with the Mona Lisa, not everyone knows that she took a "vacation" from the Louvre in the early 20th century. Someone just walked in and took her off the wall. During the 2 years she was gone, there were many suspects, including Picasso. What I like is that Scotti covers more than just the mystery of the theft, which did not end when she was eventurally returned, but also the mystery that is the Mona Lisa herself. She has a facinating history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307278388
Author:
Scotti, R. A.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
art;history;mona lisa;non-fiction;france;crime;art theft;mystery;paris;louvre;art history;true crime;leonardo da vinci;20th century;artists
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 ILLU.; 1 MAP
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.94x5.54x.74 in. .56 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" vanished from the Louvre. As French detectives traced the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist. "Vanished Smile" reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed.
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