Becoming Mona Lisa: The Making of a Global Icon

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003 - Art - 352 pages
TheMona Lisa is widely recognized as the most famous painting in the history of art--and an undeniable icon of pop culture. Her celebrated face is used to sell everything from champagne to automobiles, and appears on ashtrays, mouse pads, and refrigerator magnets. More than any other art object, theMona Lisademonstrates that something can be high art and pop, classic and cool. Likewise, Donald Sassoon's elegant narrative is as much the story of one painting's ascendance to the status of global icon as it is the popularization of serious and distinguished art.
A professor and acclaimed writer, Sassoon provides a fascinating account of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius who created the picture; who the mysterious subject was; why it gained its unrivalled position in the art world; and how it has come to be used and abused by other artists and the international advertising industry. Lavishly illustrated,Becoming Mona Lisa is at once social, cultural, and art history of the highest order.

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On the eve of its 500th anniversary (in 2003), the story of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.Is it the world's greatest painting, as well as the most famous? Curators at the Louvre, where the Mona Lisa ... Read full review

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No one can dispute the importance of the mural, titled Cenacolo, that Da Vinci painted in the refectory of a small church in Milan, Italy. In approaching one of the most copied creations in history ... Read full review

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Donald Sassoon is a professor of history at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the highly acclaimed author of One Hundred Years of Socialism and Contemporary Italy: Economy, Society, Politics Since 1945, and is a frequent contributor to major British and European publications. He lives in London.

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