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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa

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The astonishing story of the still unsolved mystery of Mona Lisas disappearance in 1911 told with dramatic freshness and imagination. On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects in the case were as shocking as the crimethe young avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his friend Pablo Picasso. R. A. Scottis riveting, ingeniously realized account of the theft and its aftermath (the painting would not be recovered for more than two years) is itself a masterful portrait of a world in transition, transforming itself into the modern while enjoying a last carefree fling before the onset of war. As French detectives using new methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thief, a burgeoning international media spread news of the theft around the world. In Paris, thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the empty space where the painting had hung. Some brought flowers and love letters and mourned as if for an actual death. Others spun theories about the disappearance. Mona Lisas loss only compounded her mystery. In Scottis deft hands, the tale of this great art heist becomes a story of the paintings transformation into perhaps the most familiar and lasting icon of all time.
Product Details

Author: R.A. Scotti

Language: English

Edition: (Edition: 1St Edition)

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Knopf

Release Date: 2009-04-07

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0307265803

ISBN13: 9780307265807