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Mona Lisa - A Life Discovered

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ISBN: 9781451658972    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 336        Language: English
Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story. Dianne Hales draws upon decades of research to introduce us to the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic sub-jects of all time...Read more
Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story. Dianne Hales draws upon decades of research to introduce us to the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic sub-jects of all time . A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than nine million visitors trek to view her por-trait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. "Combining history, whimsical biography, personal trave-logue, and love letter to Italy...Mona Lisa is an entertaining" (Publishers Week-ly) book of discovery about the world's most recognized face. Who was she? Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model? What became of her? And why does her smile enchant us still? Mona Lisa is "a readable and affectionate my-search-for-story for art lovers and anyone interested in glorious and gory Florence in the fifteenth to six-teenth centuries, and in the divine Leonardo in particular...Hales's assiduous research has made it possible for us to know Mona Lisa just a bit, enough to wonder if this otherwise ordinary Florentine housewife could ever have imag-ined her portrait enchanting millions for centuries"
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About the author: Dianne Hales
Dianne Hales is an award-winning author who has served as a contrib-uting editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother and American Health and has written... Read more
Dianne Hales is an award-winning author who has served as a contrib-uting editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother and American Health and has written for many national publications, includ-ing Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Health, Made-moiselle, McCall's, New York Times, Psychology Today, Readers' Digest, Redbook, Science Digest, Self, Seventeen, Washington Post, Woman's Day, and World Book. Her previous books include La Bella Lingua, Think Thin, Be Thin, Just Like a Woman and Caring for the Mind. She also is the author of the best-selling college health textbook, An Invitation to Health, and coauthor of An Invitation to Personal Change
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Review:
It's a joy to follow Dianne Hales' fascinating exploration into what's behind the world's most famous smile--an enchanting mix of fascinating history and passion-filled memoir."--Susan Van Allen,...Read more
It's a joy to follow Dianne Hales' fascinating exploration into what's behind the world's most famous smile--an enchanting mix of fascinating history and passion-filled memoir."--Susan Van Allen, author of 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go
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