Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story: The History of a Painting Told in Pictures

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We’ve all seen that famous smile a thousand times. It graces the face of La Gioconda, or the Mona Lisa, created by Leonardo da Vinci around 1505. Five centuries later, her mysterious smile has reached celebrity status. Da Vinci himself is in the public eye like no other artist before him. Yet few of us know the compelling story of this priceless world treasure—how she was created; her impact on other artists; the story of her theft; and how, through a mix of luck, history and her own innate beauty, she came to be...
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Overview

We’ve all seen that famous smile a thousand times. It graces the face of La Gioconda, or the Mona Lisa, created by Leonardo da Vinci around 1505. Five centuries later, her mysterious smile has reached celebrity status. Da Vinci himself is in the public eye like no other artist before him. Yet few of us know the compelling story of this priceless world treasure—how she was created; her impact on other artists; the story of her theft; and how, through a mix of luck, history and her own innate beauty, she came to be regarded as the world’s greatest painting.

In this engaging story — told largely in pictures, and presented in a unique format — acclaimed historian and Mona Lisa scholar Donald Sassoon offers us an intimate look at the painting’s history and the genius who gave the Mona Lisa lasting life, revealed in more than four hundred paintings, photographs, and illustrations. From photographs of Florence to paintings by Leonardo’s Florentine contemporaries; from canvases by nineteenth-century masters that detail the Victorian enthusiasm for Leonardo to parodies of the Mona Lisa by Duchamp and Warhol; from commercial appropriations to cartoons; Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story unlocks the history behind the painting and illustrates just how much she continues to influence our culture.

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One might think that Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa couldn't possibly be the subject of yet another book, but these two titles offer fresh perspectives on the world's most famous painting. The leading popular expert on the Mona Lisa, Sassoon (comparative European history, Queen Mary Univ., London) presents a pictorial follow-up to his narrative work Becoming Mona Lisa: The Making of a Global Icon (2001). He includes just enough text to flesh out da Vinci's life and the painting's history. The rest of the Mona Lisa story is conveyed through more than 400 mostly color illustrations. Especially delightful are the appropriations of this iconic image in art and advertising, as well as its numerous parodies. In their large-format, lavishly illustrated book, Mohen, Michel Menu, and Bruno Mottin-all affiliated with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des mus es de France (C2RMF)-document the technical examination and analysis of the Mona Lisa conducted at C2RMF during 2004-05. Additional contributors include scientists, professors, and curators from France, Italy, and Canada. The authors examine the painting's history, its poplar supporting panel, the painting itself, and digital imaging and analysis of the painting. Examination techniques include radiography (X-ray), infrared and ultraviolet imaging, and 3-D scanner. Because Sassoon's book combines art history and popular appeal, it is an appropriate and enthusiastically recommended choice for all libraries. Mohen and others' book could be used as supporting material for a course in art conservation or technical examination and is recommended for academic and museum libraries.-Martha Smith, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585678402
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.32 (d)

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