Stealing The Mona Lisa

Author: Darian Leader
Editor: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571212637
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When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, thousands of people flocked to see where it had once been on display. Many of them had never seen the painting in the first place. What could have drawn these crowds to an empty space? And can this tell us something about why we look at art, why artists create it, and why it has to be so expensive? Taking the intriguing story of the Mona Lisa's two year disappearance as his starting point, Darian Leader explores the psychology of looking at visual art. What do paintings hide from us? Why should some artists feel compelled to lead lives that are more colourful than their works? And why did the police bungle their long investigation into the theft of Leonardo's masterpiece? Combining anecdote, observation and analysis, with examples taken from classical and contemporary art, Leader discusses such seminal figures as Leonardo, Picasso and Duchamp, as well as Bacon, Lowry and the Young British Artists. This is a book about why we look at art and what, indeed, we might be hoping to find.

The Thefts Of The Mona Lisa

Author: Noah Charney
Editor: Arca
ISBN: 9780615519029
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Leonardo da Vinci's portrait, called the Mona Lisa, is without doubt the world's most famous painting. It achieved its fame not only because it is a remarkable example of Renaissance portraiture, created by an acclaimed artistic and scientific genius, but because of its criminal history. The Mona Lisa (also called La Gioconda or La Joconde) was stolen on 21 August 1911 by an Italian, Vincenzo Peruggia. Peruggia was under the mistaken impression that the Mona Lisa had been stolen from Italy during the Napoleonic era, and he wished to take back for Italy one of his country's greatest treasures. His successful theft of the painting from the Louvre, the farcical manhunt that followed, and Peruggia's subsequent trial in Florence were highly publicized, sparking the attention of the international media, and catapulting an already admired painting into stratospheric heights of fame. This book tells the art and criminal history of the Mona Lisa. This extended essay in book form, prepared to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1911 theft, examines the criminal biography of Leonardo's Mona Lisa, with a focus on separating fact from fiction in the story of what is not only the most famous art heist in history, but which is the single most famous theft of all time. In the process this book also tells of Leonardo's creation of the Mona Lisa, discusses why it is so famous, and investigates two other events in its history of theft and renown. First, it examines the so-called "affaire des statuettes," in which Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire were arrested under suspicion of involvement in the theft of the Mona Lisa. Second, there has long been a question as to whether the Nazis stole the Mona Lisa during the Second World War-a question that this book seeks to resolve. This book provides a strong introduction to the Mona Lisa and the thefts surrounding it. "Noah Charney is the Sherlock Holmes of art theft. Beyond his great sleuthing prowess, he writes with the simple grace of a novelist and the erudition of a scholar. Here his subject could be no more dramatic: the impossible-but-true story of the most famous of all paintings, the Mona Lisa. It is a tale that bounces along, implicating the likes of Apollinaire, Picasso, the Nazis, and Nat King Cole. It is easy to pick up and very hard to put down." -Mark Lamster, author of Master of Shadows: the Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens "Deftly written and riveting to read." -Sidney Kirkpatrick, author of Hitler's Holy Relics "Few writers have brought the issue of art theft to the fore with the fervor of Noah Charney. With The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: On Stealing the World's Most Famous Painting, Charney has created a work that is equal parts lucid art history and thrilling true crime. Both the popular myths and the hidden truths surrounding the theft and recovery of Leonardo's seminal work provide art theft investigators and museum security directors with important lessons for solving-and preventing-art crime today." -Anthony Amore, art theft and security expert and author of Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists All profits from the sale of the print edition of this book support the charitable activities of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, an international non-profit research group on art crime and cultural heritage protection.

Stealing The Mona Lisa

Author: Chris Greenhalgh
Editor: Bloodaxe Books Limited
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There is a characteristic lightness of touch and a restless comic energy to Chris Greenhalgh's first book. Inner and outer worlds combine in poems that crackle with satire, yet are lyrically affirmative and highly charged. He handles material at an ironic distance and in steady close-up, exploring both personal experience and the wider, weirder world of the media with vivid imagery and narrative excitement. For a first collection, the range is impressive, from a sensuous sequence of love poems to a debunking of the Apollo moonlandings and the culture of the free-market. Elsewhere, the desert and the shopping arcade are brought together, and the book features a large cast of diverse characters, ranging from Marilyn Monroe, an Elvis impersonator, and the trumpet player on the Titanic, to a religious cult-leader, the Royal Family and the Pope. The poems successfully domesticate American and European models, yet they enjoy a sensibility all of their own: beneath the playful mood and glittering surface, there frequently exists a sour, unsettling subtext and intimations of a darker tone.

Stealing Mona Lisa

Author: Carson Morton
Editor: Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781429972031
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A Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011 Fiction and a Library Journal Best Mystery of 2011 What happens when you mix a Parisian street orphan, a hot-tempered Spanish forger, a beautiful American pickpocket, an unloved wife, and one priceless painting? The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau rich—they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind—Paris. There he assembles his team of con artists for their final and most ambitious theft, one that will enable them to leave the game forever: The Mona Lisa. But when a member of the team turns up missing, and Mr. Hart shows up in Paris, Valfierno and his crew must stay one step ahead of a relentless police inspector, endure a devastating flood, and conquer their own doubts to keep the priceless painting in play—and survive. Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and published on the 100th anniversary of the crime, Stealing Mona Lisa is a sophisticated, engaging caper, complete with a richly imagined group of con artists and a historical mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Stealing Mona Lisa is a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 Mysteries title. One of Library Journal's Best Mystery Books of 2011

Who Stole Mona Lisa

Author: Ruthie Knapp
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408811588
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Mon dieu! Someone has stolen the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Who took her? Where's the painting? Will she ever be found?

Valfierno

Author: Martín Caparrós
Editor: Beyond Words/Atria Books
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A tale inspired by the infamous 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa finds the dying Marquis de Valfierno divulging to an American journalist the truth about his secret identity as a working-class Argentine youth who drew on his artistic mastery in order to become one of the world's most notorious art thieves.

How To Steal The Mona Lisa

Author: Taylor Bayouth
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0698196716
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A step-by-step guide for the craft of high stakes thievery In How to Steal the Mona Lisa, author Taylor Bayouth meticulously describes seven heists of priceless art and artifacts: the Hope Diamond, the "Mona Lisa," the Archaeopteryx Lithographica, Rodin's "Thinker," King Tut's golden death mask, the Crown Jewels, and the Codex Leicester. With this trusty guide, learn to: - Camouflage a getaway car. - Hack security systems. - Navigate air ducts. - Master the art of disguise. - Pick locks, scale buildings, and more. Illustrated throughout, this book contains all the information you need to acquire equipment, recruit partners, strategize the perfect crime, and discreetly sell off your stolen national treasures.

Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels 6

Author: Geronimo Stilton
Editor: Papercutz
ISBN: 1597075795
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When Geronimo Stilton finds out that the Pirate Cats are going back in time to Venice in the year 1517, he knows they must be after one thing: The Mona Lisa! Geronimo and friends must travel to Renaissance Italy to stop the Pirate Cats from stealing the Mona Lisa and taking credit for what is arguably the world's most famous painting. But the Pirate Cats have an ace up their sleeve: someone in Geronimo's crew is an imposter!

The Day They Stole The Mona Lisa

Author: Seymour Reit
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The Man Who Stole The Mona Lisa

Author: Robert Noah
Editor: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466877537
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The Marquis de Valfierno spent his life preparing to become the man who stole the Mona Lisa. We are introduced to him in Buenos Aires, where the criminal mastermind with exquisite taste in art and women has built a highly profitable business selling fake religious masterpieces to grieving widows. A botched love affair forces him to head for Mexico City, where he discovers new ventures and greater profits for his art. In Mexico, he begins to assemble the team that will move with him to Paris. He enlists such talents as those of Yves Chaudron, a master painter without a touch of creative instinct; young Miguel, a crippled street urchin; and Mme Renard, a savvy woman of many faces. Valfierno will move his team to the scene of the crime, Paris. There he is tempted by nothing more than the imminent theft of the world's most celebrated painting. He could not have anticipated that this theft would be but the beginning. The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa is a beautifully written blend of mystery and history. Robert Noah artfully guides his readers through the turns of an intrigue-filled and delicious story.

Steal Back The Mona Lisa

Author: Meghan McCarthy
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780152053680
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When crooked crooks steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, Special Agent Jack is sent on a dangerous mission to steal it back. Includes facts about the painting.

Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels 6 Who Stole The Mona Lisa

Author: Geronimo Stilton
Editor: Macmillan
ISBN: 1597075809
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When Geronimo Stilton finds out that the Pirate Cats are going back in time to Venice in the year 1517, he knows they must be after one thing: The Mona Lisa! Geronimo and friends must travel to Renaissance Italy to stop the Pirate Cats from stealing the Mona Lisa and taking credit for what is arguably the world's most famous painting. But the Pirate Cats have an ace up their sleeve: someone in Geronimo's crew is an imposter!

Geronimo Stilton 6 Who Stole The Mona Lisa

Author: Geronimo Stilton
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ISBN: 9781597072212
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When the Pirate Cats travel back in time to steal Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, Geronimo Stilton and his friends try to stop them.

Who Stole The Mona Lisa

Author: Geronimo Stilton
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ISBN: 9781536436006
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When Geronimo Stilton finds out that the Pirate Cats are going back in time to Venice in the year 1517, he knows they must be after one thing: The Mona Lisa!

Marcel And The Mona Lisa

Author: Stephen Rabley
Editor: Penguin Longman
ISBN: 9781405869553
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Original / British English Marcel is a French mouse, and a detective. One evening, at the Louvre museum, he sees a man steal a famous painting -- the Mona Lisa. Marcel follows the thief to Venice and risks his life to get the painting back again.

Becoming Mona Lisa

Author: Donald Sassoon
Editor: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN:
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Reveals how Leonardo da Vinci's creation became the greatest masterpiece in the history of art by exploring the birth of the painting, who the subject was, why it gained international recognition, and how it is used today.

The Mona Lisa Caper

Author: Rick Jacobson
Editor: Tundra Books (NY)
ISBN: 9780887767265
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The Mona Lisa painting is happy to finally have a holiday away from the Louvre Museum when a painter, Vincenzo Peruggia, takes her from the wall to return her home and to her people.

Notre Dame Review

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The Da Vinci Quiz

Author: Tracey Turner
Editor: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
ISBN: 9780764133282
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With 501 intriguing questions with answers, plus eight lavish full-color plates, readers can immerse themselves in the mystery and intrigue of "The Da Vinci Code."

Mona Lisas

Author: Mary Rose Storey
Editor: ABRAMS
ISBN:
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