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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa

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In Paris at the start of a radically new century, the most famous face in the history of art stepped out of her frame and into a sensational mystery.

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.

Synopsis:

Part love story, part mystery, "Vanished Smile" reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed--the theft of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" from the Paris Louvre on August 21, 1911.

Synopsis:

The astonishing story of the still unsolved mystery of Mona Lisa's disappearance from the Louvre in 1911 is told with dramatic freshness and imagination.

About the Author

R. A. Scotti is the author of 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.

Table of Contents

A perfect crime — The vanishing act — The hunt — The blank wall — Not the usual suspects — The mystery woman — A letter from Leonardo — The sting — A perfect story — The prisoner.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271549
Subtitle:
The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
R. A. Scotti
Author:
Scotti, R. A.
Subject:
History : Western Europe - General
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Art thefts
Subject:
France
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Leonardo
Subject:
Art thefts - France - Paris
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Art - Artists
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Audio Books-Art
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090407
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
241

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History and Social Science » World History » European History General
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Product details 241 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307271549 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Part love story, part mystery, "Vanished Smile" reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed--the theft of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" from the Paris Louvre on August 21, 1911.
"Synopsis" by , The astonishing story of the still unsolved mystery of Mona Lisa's disappearance from the Louvre in 1911 is told with dramatic freshness and imagination.
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