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`Read E-pub õ Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa À 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 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 HeistNo 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 Than Two Years, Mona Lisa S Absence Haunted The Art World, Provoking The Question Was She Lost Forever A Century Later, Questions 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 Time I once viewed Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or, I should say, I caught a glimpse of her behind her protective glass while craning my neck around the heads of people taller than me It was there, but how anyone could enjoy the experience of viewing it I cannot imagine But in 1911 in the Louvre, one could get close enough to enjoy the painting close enough, in fact, to remove it from the wall if one so chose, particularly when the guard was on a lunch break, or when the museum was closed for cleaning on Mondays And it was on a Monday that Mona Lisa left the Louvre for a two year mysterious adventure that had the world completely baffled.R A Scotti really covers all the bases in this short but informative history, filling it with persons famous and infamous, rich and poor, powerful and powerless, all brought together by Leonardo Da Vinci s most famous painting.The story of Mona Lisa s abduction and return contains a few surprises , a bit of art history, some detective work, quite a lot of European history and politics, and of course, the famous enigmatic smile I, for one, did not know that Guillaume Appolinaire and Pablo Picasso were suspects in the crime 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 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 overtones. Nineteen eleven was a year of grand 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 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 grand escapades, the first seemed assured of success, the second likely, and the third not only improbable but impossible.This 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 quite 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 created.Anyhow 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 at.The 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 happened.It is a well written book about a fascinating theft of a fascinating painting and the writer himself does paint a very good 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 theft.A very enjoyable and historical interesting tale that is real live crime and a great document of a certain time in our history.Very enjoyable. 1911 was a year of grand 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 grand escapades, the first seemed assured of success, the second likely, and the third not only improbable but impossible Man, 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 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 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 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 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 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 kidnapped Men 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 equally A promise, a tease, a warning No man could be sure This is a painting Scotti s writing about A painting It got 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. Vanished Smile is a history of the theft and recovery of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, but it reads like a high quality 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 graced 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 own.The 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 gripping story with the back history of the Mona Lisa and covers the post theft years as well.Although 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.