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Stealing the Mona Lisa

What Art Stops Us From Seeing

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September 30, 2004 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 208 Pages | ISBN 9781593760397
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"Intellectually rigorous, but accessible to the layperson... fascinating reading for anyone who has ever stood in an art gallery wondering what on earth they are supposed to be doing there." —Harpers & Queen

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, it was twenty-four hours before anyone knew it was missing. Afterward, thousands of people flocked to see the empty space where it had once hung, many of them having never seen the painting in the first place. In Stealing the Mona Lisa, Darien Leader takes the intriguing story of the theft of the Mona Lisa and the public’s reaction to it as a starting point to explore the psychology of looking at visual art.

About Darian Leader

DARIAN LEADER’s books include Why do Women Write More Letters than they Post? and Freud’s Footnotes. He is a psychoanalyst and founding member of the Center for Freudian Analysis and Research in London.

Praise

“Intellectually rigorous, but accessible to the layperson… fascinating reading for anyone who has ever stood in an art gallery wondering what on earth they are supposed to be doing there.” —Harpers & Queen

“Leader is always stimulating, provocative, and tantalizingly plausible.” —The Irish Times

“It’s intelligent and witty and has cracking good anecdotes…It can tell you things about art you had never thought of.” —Evening Standard

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