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Hardcoverpages. Svetboym rated it it was amazing Mar 14, All that time, the canvas was stashed in a trunk at Peruggia’s lodgings, where postcard reproductions stood propped up on the leadsr. Ultimately, this book is destined to frustrate, for while some of it is perfectly plausible, it is no more so than a hundred other interpretations.

Hordes of spectators, Franz Kafka among them, thronged to observe the space where the painting had been. But the empty space behind her still exists – conceptually, at least – in the minds of psychologists, whose inclination is to look for sfealing can’t be seen.

When he finally exposed himself by offering the panel to a Florentine art dealer two years later, it appeared that the scheme was rooted in a muddled sense of patriotism. steailng

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No eBook available Amazon. A third was discovered beneath a parasol, asleep. He is reminded that Rothko’s paintings have often been compared to an infant’s sense of its mother’s breast. He’s brilliant, and I’ve been reading everything I can find by him. John rated it liked it Jul 15, Tarra rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Tom Caufield rated it really liked it Mar 15, Open Preview See a Problem?

Both utilise their armoury of psycho-tools to demonstrate that images are a veil disguising subconscious phenomena we’d rather not see. Few art historians or psychoanalysts take this seriously any more, but Leader writes that Freud’s slim study contains the embryonic formulation of several important psychoanalytic concepts, “as if he needed the encounter with the artist to get things moving”. We never find out Peruggia’s motive since Leader’s prime interest in the theft is as ‘the perfect crime of the modernist era’, an idea he explores in a narrative fraught with digressions – some illuminating, most artfully obfuscating.


My recommendation, therefore, is that you enjoy the career-jeopardising pot-shots Elkins takes at his colleagues, then close it on page Exploring the human motivation for creating and viewing art is an interesting topic, but this title will not appeal to most readers.

Anker rated it it was ok Feb 12, Mona is back now, of darain, smiling wanly through a carapace of yellowing varnish and bullet-proof glass. Stealling see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The opening chapter finds him in the Rothko chapel in Houston, Texas, dominated by vast blobs which leave him feeling “coddled, nearly smothered, in a smooth but impalpable softness”.

Elkins, a professor from the Art Institute of Chicago, starts out from similar territory.

Stealing the Mona Lisa

Some of Leader’s ideas seem far-fetched, but I love that he’s continually casting out beyond Is it because of Leader’s psychoanalytic lens, which seems so out of vogue in the age of the Brain, that he’s not better-known? But his conclusions on art – which are basically Freud’s, as one might tell them to a beginner in the pub – can seem a little quaint and even perverse. Hanne rated it did not like it May 01, An absorbing and non-threatening point of entry to the Lacanian universe, its brilliance and manifold perversities, using the theft of the Mona Lisa and Freud’s reading of Leonardo as the point of departure for a wider reflection on modernist aesthetics.

Oct 02, Karin Gottshall rated it it was amazing. The motive for the theft was never fully clear. Adopting the somewhat gothic-horror term coined by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Leader refers to it as “the Thing”.


Stealing the Mona Lisa

While the title suggests that this book is about the Mona Lisa and its theft from the Louvre, that event is merely the starting point for a much broader discussion of art. Dorien De Groote rated it did not like it Feb 12, Leader is a considerate and convincing writer, though his viewpoint is heavily Lacanian, and really this is a book strictly about western art mostly male and its specific position in our culture.

And why did the police bungle their long investigation into the theft of Leonardo’s masterpiece? Can this tell us something about why we l When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre init was lsa hours before anyone noticed it was missing.

Colin rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Both he and Leader argue that great art acts as a mysterious portal to the subconscious.

Other editions – View all Stealing the Mona Lisa: Books by Darian Leader. He combines anecdote, observation, and analysis with examples taken from classical and contemporary art. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre init was twenty-four hours before anyone noticed it was missing.

Even Diderot confessed to blubbing over a typically cynical confection by Greuze. Faber- Art – pages. Want to Read saving…. Izzylf rated it really liked it Jul 16, Stealing the Mona Lisa lacks the breezy charm of Leader-as-agony-uncle, and too often his thinking is mired in the plodding language of flip charts.

What Art Stops Dariam from Seeing. A fast, worthwhile read. Topics Books The Observer. Many of them had never seen the painting in the first place.