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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa
Author: R.A. Scotti
ISBN 13: 9780307278388
ISBN 10: 307278387
Edition: 1 Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2010-04-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $15.00

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...

The New York Times - Mary Jo Murphy

…beguiling…An absence of clues meant an abundance of theories, and Scotti advances them all in a collection of arresting but disparate narratives.