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A year before the Mona Lisa was stolen, Freud published a short monx about Leonardo in which he advanced the theory that the Mona Lisa’s smile evoked “the bliss and rapture which had once played on his mother’s lips as she fondled him”.

Art and design books Darian Leader reviews. Leader trained under French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, and his theory of a ‘zone of emptiness’ underpins much of Leader’s thinking. Some of Leader’s ideas seem far-fetched, but I love that he’s continually casting out beyond Is it because of Rarian psychoanalytic lens, which seems so out of vogue in the age of the Brain, that he’s not better-known?


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 dzrian see not the painting, but the empty space left by its robbery back in One summer’s leadwr 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.

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Perugia bequeathed the Louvre an empty space that could have been entitled “Missing Mona Lisa”. Apr 06, Pam rated it liked it Shelves: And why did the police bungle their long investigation into the theft of Leonardo’s masterpiece? Sig rated it it was ok Apr 28, Anker rated it it was ok Feb 12, What could have drawn these crowds to an empty space? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Hundreds of readers wrote in to L’Echo de Paris, for instance, insisting that the Gioconda must still be in the Louvre, hiding behind another painting. Be the first to ask a question about Stealing the Mona Lisa.

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It sets Elkins off on a vain hunt to find one art historian who has cried in front of a painting, and Stealng on a mission to expose the Mona Lisa’s willy.


Can this tell us something about why we look at art, why artists create it, and why it has to be so expensive? The motive for the theft was never fully clear. Faber- Art – pages.

At times, Leader also assumes that the reader has at least a passing knowledge of mythology and specific works of art. All that time, the canvas was stashed in a trunk at Peruggia’s lodgings, where postcard reproductions stood propped up on the mantelpiece.

Kate Ann rated it really liked it Aug 08, Trivia About Stealing ledaer Mona Plainjane rated it really liked it Dec 15, Many of them had never seen the painting in the first place.

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Leader points out that Freud invariably turned to art whenever he faced a clinical impasse. Blinkered by their assumptions about high art, Louis Lepine and his detectives imagined the priceless painting installed in its own apartment, kept in style like an expensive mistress, and it never occurred to them that the thief could be one so humble as Peruggia.

This is a book about why we look at art and what, indeed, we might be hoping to find. Return to Book Page.