R.A. Scotti: Vanished Smile The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa



Vanished Smile is a history of the theft and recovery of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre but it reads like a high uality detective novel Before reading this book I had known the bare bones outline of the story that the world s most famous painting had been stolen from the wall it had raced for almost a century one day in 1911 and was only recovered after a lengthy absence Scotti s narrative fills in the details of a canvas every bit as rich as Leonardo s ownThe narrative puts us at the scene of the crime describes the international sensation it caused sorts through the series of suspects including the young Pablo Picasso and theories about how and why the heist was committed and takes us along as police finally recover the world s most famous painting from a most unlikely thief Scotti interweaves this ripping story with the back history of the Mona Lisa and covers the post theft years as wellAlthough relatively brief 211 pages Scotti s account manages to tell an exciting story and offer up a few intriguing reflections on the external mystery that is the Mona Lisa I found this book very interesting I had to read it for my France in Popular American Culture course I really enjoyed 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 enthralling Overall ood non fiction book Interesting course material After two frustrating weeks Lepine believed he had cracked the case In la bande de Picasso he had found the international ring of art thieves he had been hunting The Picasso Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover gang had been lionized as romantic renegades When the police identified them as a ring of foreign thieves and swindlers who had come to France to plunder its treasure escapades once excused as careless exuberance assumed sinister overtonesThis covers uite a bit of material even beyond the story of Mona Lisa s theft eventual return art history police work art forgery and Europe s cultural political climate of the time it was an interesting experience to learn about this crimeIt s honestly a bit baffling how easy it was for the theft to occur and incredible how lax th 1911 was a year ofrand escapades 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 painting in the world Of these three Caught on Camera with the CEO grand escapades the first seemed assured of success the second likely and the third not only improbable but impossibleMan who doesn t love aood heist story The theft of the Mona Lisa stolen in 1911 and recovered in 1913 is on par with Ocean s Eleven with its eccentric 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 Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, going on a worldwide search for the stolen paint. 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 wasone The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire young provocateurs of a new art As French detectives using.

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Ateau 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 painting in the world Of these three Arabian Nights grand escapades the first seemed assured of success the second likely and the third not only improbable but impossibleThis is a book about the theft of the painting by Leonardo Da Vince whose disappearance from the walls of the Louvre in 1911 caused a ruckus unlike any painting ever or since has caused I did see the Mona Lisa twice in the Louvre once in a uite moment in the morning and the first time among a few busloads of Japanese tourists Yes she is something special so I understand the sentiment that this little painting has createdAnyhow this book is about the theft the politics in those years close to the beginning of WWI how the French police never cracked the case at all but in their investigations we find a certain Pablo Picasso who was involved with theft from the Louvre It also contains a decent amount of history about the Mona Lisa and its travels to the current place she is atThe writer does offer us some explanations about the theft and yet tells us as well that the story of the professed thief might not be accurate there are far interesting stories but it is impossible to find the truth about what really has happenedIt is a well written book about a fascinating theft of a fascinating painting and the writer himself does paint a veryood portrait of the periode it happened What happened took place in a time before the world caught fire and that is also part of the tale of the theftA very enjoyable and historical interesting tale that is real live crime and a Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place great document of a certain time in our historyVery enjoyable This is the story of the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 It s an interesting series of events but you canet 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 page The whole thing calls to mind a ninth Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss grader desperately trying to pad an essayHere s an exampleNight like liuid velvet settled over the mansard roofs innocent if a night is ever innocent A night is young but never innocent and as Sunday merged with Monday and the city awakened to a new day theame that would stun Paris and astound the world was afootSo wait is the night innocent or not Because I think that s really key to the crime here This is a reasonably interesting non fiction look at the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre I actually had never heard of this situation but it was fascinating to see how crime was researched and solved in the early 1900 s mostly using interrogation and some crime scene examination Photography was just starting out so in this situation the very first mug shot was taken And the same investigator also began using fingerprints trying to solve the crime with his limited collection of right thumb fingerprints although the print he found on scene was of a left thumb The crime was never solved definitively although someone did come forward and confess years later returning what seems to be the original artwork unharmed But his story doesn t seem convincing and there have been many contradictions discovered and suggestions m First read 2014I need to reread this. 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 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 tim.

Ing 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 entire world meanwhile went into straight up mourning for the lost painting The eventual culprit was caught but 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 even that story might be a lie Even decades later experts aren t sure exactly why the Mona Lisa was 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 Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, great crash course on the heist She describes the painting s notoriety pre and post theftoes 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 Always You gripes first the story is only 227 pages long so Scotti doesn to 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 expect 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 Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, gave nothing in return just the same half smile She conferred it on all eually A promise a tease a warning No man could be sureThis is a painting Scotti s writing about A painting Itot annoying frankly to keep reading about the Mona Lisa being referred to as her It s a painting Scotti not a human being Try to calm down over there It s hard to believe but it s truein 1911 the Mona Lisa disappeared off the wall of the Louvre Museum in ParisAnd it was Lucy Carmichael gone for two years There were few clues only a doorknob that had been taken off the door the protective case that had enclosed it and a left thumbprint police only took right thumbprints at the time No reuests for money No signs of it in the world Gone So how did the museumet it back And where was it for those two years A fascinating true mystery for all of us who love Paris Scotti achieves near perfection in a book that I anticipated finding little interest but was overwhelmingly surprised with the fluid writing style and thorough research that seemed to cover every 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 every angle that kept me enthralled 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 Nineteen eleven was a year of rand escapades In the boatyards of Belfast 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 a frozen pl. 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 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 than two years Mona Lisa’s absence haunted the art world provoking the uest.

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