Y might be a lie Even decades later xperts aren t sure xactly Why The Mona Lisa the Mona Lisa stolen There are theories but nothing has been conclusively proven yet If you ve never heard that the Mona Lisa was stolen and are seriously intrigued by the story then RA Scotti s book is a great crash course on the heist She describes the painting s notoriety pre and post theft goes into detail about the various suspects and their motivations and discusses the history of the painting itself such as who Mona Lisa really was and how da Vinci painted the work The story reads like a Hollywood heist story and it s a lot of fun I have only two gripes first the story is only 227 pages long so Scotti doesn t go into as much detail as I d have liked when she discusses the theories behind the theft and also Scotti s narration has a tendency to run towards the melodramatic Mona Lisa had been spirited away leaving no forwarding address to the point where I would read a breathlessly dramatic sentence and xpect to hear the CSI Miami theme song start blaring from the pages Also in this version the Mona Lisa is basically a character and Scotti writes like it s a person that s been kidnappedMen had been coming to court her for years bearing flowers notes and poems She accepted their attentions democratically but gave nothing in return just the same half smile She conferred it on all ually A promise a tease a warning No man could be sureThis is a painting Scotti s writing about A painting It got annoying frankly to keep reading about the Mona Lisa is a painting Scotti s writing about A painting It got annoying frankly to keep reading about the Mona Lisa referred to as her It s a painting Scotti not a human being Try to calm down over there. Ion Was she lost forever A century later uestions still lingerPart love story part mystery Vanished Smile reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ver 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 tim.
summary Vanished Smile The Mysterious Theft of Mona LisaHere s an xampleNight like liuid velvet settled over the mansar 1911 was a year of grand scapades In the boatyards of Liverpool a magnificent new ocean liner was under construction Its builders boasted that it would be unsinkable In Antarctica Captain Robert Falcon Scott was trudging across the frozen plateau to the South Pole the Union Jack folded in his pack dreaming of making history and in Paris a plan was brewing to pinch the most famous
in the world these three grand Building the Cold War escapades the first seemed assured of success the second likely and the third not only improbable but impossibleMan who doesn t love a good heist story The theft of the Mona Lisa stolen in 1911 and recovered in 1913 is on par with Ocean s Eleven with itsccentric list of suspects apparent simplicity hiding complex pre planning and a theft that involved a tangled mass of accomplices and complications The painting vanished practically into thin air one afternoon leaving the French police scrambling for suspects some of whom included young Pablo Picasso and Guillame Apollinaire and going on a worldwide search for the stolen painting One of the French detectives in charge of the case was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s inspiration for Sherlock Holmes and used the case to test his theories on fingerprinting in order to solve a case The ntire world meanwhile went into straight up mourning for the lost painting The Eventual Culprit Was Caught culprit was caught seemed like such an unlikely criminal mastermind that no one believed he had really done it Years later a new story surfaced that revealed the real reasons for the theft but hang on ven that stor. The latest methods of criminology including fingerprinting tried to trace the thieves a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heistNo story captured the imagination of the world uite like this one Thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the mpty 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 than two years Mona Lisa’s absence haunted the art world provoking the uest. First read 2014I need to reread this Scotti achieves near perfection in a book that I anticipated finding little interest but was overwhelmingly Surprised With The Writing with the fluid writing and thorough research that seemed to cover very uestion I could surmise about its topic This is a history book from which many other writers could take notes when it comes to presentation Its Holmesian mystery was interwoven with facts from Dancing at Armageddon every angle that kept menthralled throughout and left me curious as to Scotti s other works which I will soon be investigating Do yourself a favor and check her out I found this book very interesting I had to read it for my France in Popular American Culture course I really njoyed how Scotti made it seem like a mystery novel by displaying clues little by little leading up to the big reveal It was a uick fun read I think anyone who is interested in France or Art History would find this book interesting Although I am not too interested in the latter France as a whole intrigues me and the hype around Mona Lisa is unmatchable making the mysterious theft nthralling Overall good non fiction book Interesting course material This is the story of the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 It s an interesting series of vents but you can get all the information about it you need from the wikipedia article which I strongly suggest because the uality of writing in this book is abysmal The author cannot resist adding flowery melodramatic and freuently nonsensical descriptions that practically writhe off the book is abysmal The author cannot resist adding flowery melodramatic and freuently nonsensical descriptions that practically writhe off the The whole thing calls to mind a ninth grader desperately trying to pad an ssay. In Paris at the start of a radically new century the most famous face in the history of art stepped out of her frame and into a sensational mysteryOn 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.Painting In The World