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The most surprising facts in the case:
1. 98 years ago, Mona Lisa vanished from the wall of the Louvre Museum.
2. No one noticed for more that 24 hours.
3. Pablo Picasso was a prime suspect in the theft.
4. Her mysterious disappearance made Mona Lisa the most famous wanted woman in the world.
4. Mona Lisa remained missing for more than 2 years and was presumed lost forever.
5. A letter signed “Leonardo” led police to the lost painting.
6. Almost 100 years later, the brazen crime remains unsolved. --R.A. Scotti
(Photo © Doug Steel)
If you appreciate good art, a good mystery and some interesting history, this is a book for you.
"Vanished Smile" by R.A. Scotti is a fascinating account of the theft of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' from the Musee de Louvre in 1911.
Scotti writes the book in a style of a crime novel, where the story is told in the chronological order in which the story unfolded.
On Monday August 22, 2011, Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. Quite a hullabaloo ensued. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Griffith
First you find a great story. Then write about it to keep the reader's interest. This is a well told story of a little known bit of art history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Richard Newton
On the morning of August 22, 1911, Louis Béroud walked into the Louvre and went to the Salon Carre to continue his copying of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
It held my atention and kept me keen to find time to read. Not totally gripping and added nothing to my knowledge base.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw the real Mona Lisa many years ago. As I stared at that canvas in its rather dowdy frame, I could not help wondering if the insanely famous woman with the enigmatic smile,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Birman
This was chosen for my book group, and disliked by all but me. I found the background history interesting, but the writing a bit disjointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marguerite Dahl
A well written mystery, wrth every minute of reading. Truly a great book. One of the mysteries, to me, is whether or not what we see is really the Mona Lisa.Published 23 months ago by Jim Campbell
Scotti in her very enjoyable style has told the story of the actual theft of the Mona Lisa. Picasso was a suspect and unsavory characters were involved - quite a tale and Scotti... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Terrell Alford