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Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story: The History of a Painting Told in Pictures 1st Edition
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In 1911, a character named Vincenzo Peruggia , a 30 year old painter-decorator who had been working in the Louvre, removed the painting from its frame, hid it under his coat and walked out the door. It was not returned again for two years. Vincenzo tried to sell the painting and got caught.
The painting was damaged in 1956 when a crazed Bolivian seized a rock, hurling it at the Mona Lisa, smashing the glass and permanently damaging the left arm of the painting. Needless to say, he was banned from ever visiting the museum.
Art historians and lovers of fine art will love this book. The text is brief but the art works and other photos are important and interesting. 348 pages of history. It deserves a coffee table size format.
This book thoughtfully presents the history, technique, and all the trivia regarding 'Mona Lisa'.
One would think that the dimentions of this colossus would be larger than 21 X 30". But thats what Leonardo chose. Why would it take him 3+ years to paint? Why would he paint it on perilously thin poplar wood? How did he achieve that divine smile?
Here is presented the answers and history of this iconic painting. From it's benign renaissance beginning through it's establishment as a masterpiece and onto it's becoming a phenomenon.
August 1911 the 'Mona Lisa' was no longer in the Louvre. "The Theft of the Century" is a most captivating chapter
The history is followed nicely by copious reproductions of the painting and it's contemporaries along with photos from 1911-2006 of events and key characters. Many modern renditions by the likes of Warhol, Dali, Dubuffet, Masson, etc. are included.
A well thought out and wonderfully presented history of this global icon. Donald Sasson is a leading expert on the 'Mona Lisa'. This edition is more user friendly (for the masses) compared to his more academic other version.
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Interesting. Good info about techniques and social structure of the day, and art history. I would have liked it to have been longer and given more information in the same... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by John Maderious