Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 07/04/2009 - 224 páginas
On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened–Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist.
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona LisaComentário do usuário - Anna Ligtenberg - Goodreads
ISBN 0307265803 - Old and unsolved mysteries have a strange attraction for me, as a reader, and I believe that, while reading Vanished Smile, I've figured out the reason: there's a feeling that, if ... Ler resenha completa
Review: Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona LisaComentário do usuário - Lesle - Goodreads
Whodunit?! I didn't actually know the Mona Lisa had been stolen from the Louvre before my husband suggested this book to me. So now I know, and I know who stole it . . . though I don't think I know ... Ler resenha completa