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Mona Lisa: The picture and the myth by Roy…

Mona Lisa: The picture and the myth

by Roy McMullen

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This is a survey of the history and significance of Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Mona Lisa" painting, for a general audience. Roy McMullen tells of "the life of Leonardo in relation to this work, presents the serious theories about the painting, and assesses the way in which critical attitudes towards it have changed over the centuries." He also "probes the tantalizing mysteries of the Mona Lisa. Who was its real subject? And why did it take daVinci so many years to complete her portrait? What is the explanation of the elusive Gioconda smile? Or of the strangely devastated landscape in the background, with its intimations of a flood having recently passed through?" and more. - from the jacket notes.
An accessible and appealing book for tourists and art students interested in one of the most famous paintings of all time. With 149 black and white photographic illustrations comparing the Mona Lisa to other works by da Vinci and contemporary and modern artists. ( )
  tripleblessings | Oct 5, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0719071828, Hardcover)

This is the first book wholly devoted to assessing the array of links between Scotland and the Caribbean in the later eighteenth century. It uses a wide range of archival sources to paint a detailed picture of the lives of thousands of Scots who sought fortunes and opportunities, as Burns wrote, "across th' Atlantic roar". It outlines the range of their occupations as planters, merchants, slave owners, doctors, overseers, and politicians, and shows how Caribbean connections affected Scottish society during the period of "improvement".

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