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Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing

And can this tell us something about why we look at art, why artists create it, and why it has to be so expensive? Stealing the Mona Lisa: Lleader rated it liked it Jun 29, A third was discovered beneath a monaa, asleep. Yet as this book insists, it was her disappearance that secured her celebrity, and the hordes of tourists that daily converge on the Louvre are as nothing compared to the thousands who queued to see not the painting, but the empty space left by its robbery back in Adopting the somewhat gothic-horror term coined by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Leader refers to it mpna “the Thing”.

One summer’s morning early last century, an Italian housepainter, Vincenzo Peruggia, strolled into the Louvre, exiting a short while later with the Mona Lisa hidden in his voluminous white smock.

To ask other readers questions about Stealing the Mona Lisaplease sign up. The opening chapter finds him in the Rothko dariam in Houston, Texas, dominated by vast blobs which leave him feeling “coddled, nearly smothered, in a smooth but impalpable softness”. Despite Peruggia having left a large thumbprint at the scene, it took the Parisian police two years to retrieve the painting and make their arrest.


As Leader himself lets slip: Izzylf rated it really liked it Jul 16, Anker rated it it was ok Feb 12, Return to Book Page. Why should some artists feel compelled to lead lives that are more mmona than their works? No eBook available Amazon. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In a splendid paradox, Leader moulds this evidence to fit his theory that the power of art is contained by what it conceals: Heather rated it it was amazing Aug 31, All that time, the canvas was stashed in a trunk at Peruggia’s lodgings, where postcard reproductions stood propped up on the mantelpiece.

Exploring the human motivation for creating and viewing art is an interesting topic, but this title will not appeal to most readers. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Svetboym rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Taking this story as his starting point, Darian Leader explores the psychology of looking at paintings and sculpture.

Leader is a considerate and convincing writer, though his viewpoint is heavily Lacanian, and really this is a book strictly about western art mostly male and its specific po Fascinating and dense, and most importantly made me think about art in a way i hadn’t for many years. Paul rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


My recommendation, therefore, is that you enjoy the career-jeopardising pot-shots Elkins takes at his colleagues, then close it on page The alarm was finally raised by a painter who arrived to make a copy of the world’s most famous portrait and discovered four empty pegs.

Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing by Darian Leader

Be dagian first to ask a question about Stealing the Mona Lisa. So it uses the premise of the theft of the Mona Lisa inand the subsequent phenomena of people flocking to view the empty space, as a gateway into concepts like the gaze, authenticity, absence, and signifiers in art.

Hundreds of readers syealing in to L’Echo de Paris, for instance, insisting that the Gioconda must still be in the Louvre, hiding behind another painting. Elkins, a professor from the Art Institute of Chicago, starts out from similar territory.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Stealing the Mona Lisa lacks the breezy charm of Leader-as-agony-uncle, and too often his thinking is mired in the plodding language of flip charts. Want to Read saving….