Vanished Smile : The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
No story captured the imagination of the world quite like this one. Thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the empty space where the painting had hung. They mourned as if Mona Lisa were a lost loved one, left flowers and notes, and set new attendance records. For more than two years, Mona Lisa's absence haunted the art world, provoking the question: Was she lost forever? A century later, questions still linger.
Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed. R. A. Scotti's riveting, ingeniously realized account is itself a masterly portrait of a world in transition. Combining her skills as a historian and a novelist, Scotti turns the tantalizing clues into a story of the painting's transformation into the most familiar and lasting icon of all time.
- Paperback | 339 pages
- 142.24 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
- 07 Apr 2009
- Random House Large Print Publishing
- New York, NY, United States
- Large type / large print
- Large type / large print edition
- Maps; Illustrations, black and white
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"Luminous.... Scotti narrates the investigation with gusto and grace." --"The Washington Post Book World"
"A story that La Gioconda herself would have smiled at--enigmatically, of course." --"Time"
"Beguiling.... An absence of clues meant an abundance of theories, and Scotti advances them all in an arresting...narrative." --"The New York Times Book Review" ""
"Elegant and erudite.... Scotti follows the trail of the missing masterpiece with the same zestful sense of adventure that she brought to "Basilica."... An unabashed literary diva, Scotti commands attention from page one." --"The Boston Globe "
"The painting was missing for more than two years, and the names of the prime suspects in the case--Pablo Picasso and his friend, the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire--push this story past something even Dan Brown could concoct. . . . A rolling . . . piece of entertainment. . . . Reminds us of the bedrock appeal of the Mona Lisa's gaze." --"The New York Times"
"Captivating. . . . Scotti's sophistication, wit, style, and illuminating research makes this a delightfully suspenseful read." --"Providence Journal "
"A charming [book] that delves deeper into the mystique of the Mona Lisa herself. . . . Readers hankering for more of da Vinci and his enigmatic sitter, whose smooth smile has been bewitching men for centuries . . . should reach for "Vanished Smile."" --"St. Petersburg Times "
"Equal parts art history and crime caper. . . . This rollicking tale makes for fascinating reading." --"The Christian Science Monitor "
"Reads like a prose poem with narrative gallop." --"Time "
"Superb. . . . An art-heist page-turner that will delight art enthusiasts as well as true-crime buffs. (Note to Hollywood: This may be your best hope for a caper starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney as Picasso and Apoll
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