Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Art - 400 pages
In December 1962 Da Vinci's Mona Lisa set sail from Paris to New York for what was arguably the riskiest art exhibition ever mounted. The fragile icon traveled like a head of state, with armed guards and military surveillance, in a temperature-controlled vault. Masterminding the entire show was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. For eighty-eight charmed days, ''Lisa Fever'' swept the nation as nearly two million Americans attended exhibits in Washington, D.C. and New York. It was the greatest outpouring of appreciation for a single work of art in American history and the beginning of our nation's love affair with the arts. Acclaimed biographer Margaret Leslie Davis ''tells the tale in charming fashion'' (USA Today), revealing a saga filled with international intrigue and the irresistible charm of Camelot and its queen.
 

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This is a wonderfully entertaining book that draws you in the second you begin reading it. Anyone who appreciates art and art history should find this little book absolutely fascinating. This is a ... Read full review

Contents

THE ART ENTHUSIASTS
3
A WHISPERED PROMISE
41
AN UNEXPECTED REQUEST
62
BOMBSHELL IN THE LOUVRE
86
LA JOCONDE MUST NOT LEAVE
109
A CHAT WITH THE MONA LISA
128
THREE QUEENLY VOYAGE
148
THE DIRECTORS INSPECTION
160
LET THEM SEE A LITTLE REMBRANDT TOO
235
MANHATTAN FALLS IN LOVE
252
THE CITY OF LIGHT BECKONS
270
FINAL BOWS
287
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
303
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
353
BACK COVER MATERIAL
362
Copyright

AN EVENING TO REMMEMBER
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