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Mona Lisa: Inside the Painting Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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About the Author
Jean-Pierre Mohen is a historian and an art conservator with a particular interest in the history of the technology of art. The author of a number of books on Bronze Age and Megalithic art, he is also a senior research scientist at the Research Laboratory of the Museums of France at the Louvre.
Michel Menu and Bruno Mottin are art conservators at the Research Laboratory of the Museums of France.
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The text tells the history of the painting, including its theft and return in 1911 and the crazed Bolivian who threw a rock at it in 1956, breaking the protective glass and causing irreparable damage.
Also discussed, is the wooden support upon which the painting was made and how it has aged differently than the painting.
The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous work of art ever created. This book does it justice.
It deserves 6 stars, actually, but I gave it 4 because for some reason authors chosed not to include Mona Lisa photo with digitally removed varnish. It can be seen on this link
and I had hoped that this book will feature it also, since one of the main advantages of this new technology is virtual removal of darkened varnish without touching or damaging the paintings.
However, there is LOT of photos and large closeups in this book and I would recommend it to everyone interested in visual arts in general and Leonardo and renaissance painting in particular.
The book is very high quality and large enough to almost feel as if it is large as the actual Mona Lisa. There is only one flaw I feel which is mentioned by another reviewer and that is the lack of a digitally 'restored' version of the painting with the varnish removed and colors enhanced to their likely original appearance. The example at the author's site is too small and mostly useless for reference or just basic viewing on today's monitors. I would hope that any future edition of this includes such a final work, as it would reveal the original in a new splendor, and give yet more purpose to all the work and photography that is this book. Despite the omission currently, this is a great book you should be glad to own, and you can't beat the price.