Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Title: Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Author: R.A. Scotti
The astonishing story of the still unsolved mystery of Mona Lisa’s disappearance in 1911 told with dramatic freshness and imagination.
Amazon Best of the Month, April 2009: In 1911, Leonardo’s da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen off its hooks from the Louvre, remaining missing for over two years. Who took the most famous painting in the world? Was it Pablo Picasso, the upstart Spaniard—and modern counterpoint to the Italian master—in a fit of nationalistic pride, or the avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire as an act of artistic revolution? R.A. Scotti’s Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa investigates this largely forgotten caper, and along the way we’re treated to a tour of turn-of-the-century Paris, the birth of modern forensics, and a biography of the enigmatic painting itself. To this day the mysterious theft of the painting the French call La Joconde remains unsolved—only Mona Lisa knows, and she’s not talking. —Jon Foro
R.A. Scotti on Vanished Smile
Mona Lisa is the most famous face in the world, yet few among the thousands who flock to the Louvre to see her every day know that she was ever stolen. Who pinched Mona Lisa—and why?
The most surprising facts in the case:
1. 98 years ago, Mona Lisa vanished from the wall of the Louvre Museum.
2. No one noticed for more that 24 hours.
3. Pablo Picasso was a prime suspect in the theft.
4. Her mysterious disappearance made Mona Lisa the most famous wanted woman in the world.
4. Mona Lisa remained missing for more than 2 years and was presumed lost forever.
5. A letter signed “Leonardo” led police to the lost painting.
6. Almost 100 years later, the brazen crime remains unsolved. —R.A. Scotti
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