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The Last Mona Lisa

by Jonathan Santlofer

The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer X
The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer
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    Aug 2021, 400 pages
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    Aug 2021, 400 pages

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Jonathan Santlofer's fictionalized account of the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa is a fascinating tale of art, family secrets and forgery that explores society's obsession with da Vinci's smiling woman.

In 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from its home at the Louvre in Paris. It took two years for the painting to be retrieved and for Vincent Peruggia to be identified as the man behind the theft. But the truth of the heist is still shrouded in speculation, with some believing that the recovered painting is not Leonardo da Vinci's original work. Author Jonathan Santlofer's novel The Last Mona Lisa fills in the holes of this real-life mystery through the fictional character of Luke Perrone. Luke, art professor and great-grandson of the infamous thief, is searching for the truth of his ancestor's actions. The discovery of Vincent's journal promises to answer questions about his motivations as well as the authenticity of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre. However, Luke isn't the only one who knows about the journal and the answers it may hold, and he quickly finds himself tangled in a web ...

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