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The Mona Lisa vanishes : a legendary painter, a shocking heist, and the birth of a global celebrity / Nicholas Day ; with art by Brett Helquist.

Day, Nick (Nicholas), (author.). Helquist, Brett, (illustrator.).

"On a hot August day in Paris, just over a century ago, a desperate guard burst into the office of the director of the Louvre and shouted, "La Joconde, c'est partie!" "THE MONA LISA, SHE'S GONE!" Was it a spectacular joke? Or could it be true? It could. This is the wild, improbable story of how the Mona Lisa was stolen -- and how it became the most famous painting in the world. No one knew who was behind the heist. Was it an international gang of thieves? Was it an art-hungry American millionaire? Was it the young Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, who was about to remake the very art of painting? Travel back to an extraordinary period of revolutionary change: turn-of-the-century Paris. Walk its backstreets. Meet the infamous thieves -- and detectives -- of the era. And then slip back further in time and follow Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the Mona Lisa, through his dazzling, wondrously weird life. Discover the secret at the heart of the Mona Lisa -- the most famous painting in the world should never have existed at all. Written at the pace of a thriller, and shot through with stories of crime and celebrity, genius and beauty, here is a propulsive, twisting work of narrative nonfiction from an electrifying new voice in middle-grade." -- Provided by dustjacket.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593643846
  • ISBN: 0593643844
  • ISBN: 9780593643853
  • ISBN: 0593643852
  • Physical Description: 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Studio, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-270) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A STAR IS BORN: -- The Creation of the Mona Lisa -- The Theft of the Mona Lisa -- The Ludicrous Fame of the Mona Lisa -- SHE'S GONE: -- Monday Morning -- Brigadier Paupardin Has a Very Bad Day -- It Could Have Been Worse -- Louis Lepine Is On the Case -- The Very, Very Small Victory of Louis Beroud -- Unimaginable -- TELL ME, TELL ME, TELL ME: -- Vinci, April 15, 1452 -- Florence, 1466 -- Florence, 1479 -- THE MONA LISA IS NOWHERE, THE MONA LISA IS EVERYWHERE: -- A Few Very Sensible Theories -- The Louvre Is a Crime Scene -- The Man with the Wrong Name -- It Takes a Thief to Catch a Thief -- A Break in the Case -- EVERYTHING THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO: -- Florence, 1481 -- Milan, 1493 -- THE CONSUMMATE PROFESSIONAL: -- The Louvre Reopens -- The Ingenious Thief -- MARRY OR ELSE: -- Florence, 1494 -- GIGANTIC FIGURES IN HUMAN SHAPE: -- The Rich American -- Dr. No (Part 1) -- Will You Buy It? -- AN IMPROBABLE SERIES OF IMPROBABLE EVENTS: -- Florence, 1495 -- Florence, 1500 -- Why This Painting? -- A WILD AND PERFECT PAIR: -- A Statue Stolen from the Louvre -- The Esteemed Wilhelm Albert Wlodzimierz -- Apolinary Kostrowicki -- Two Statues and a Pistol -- Dr. No (Part 2) -- The Enemy Within -- The Man Who Had Stolen the Mona Lisa -- A DANGEROUS WOMAN: -- Rome, 1513 -- France, 1516 -- Paris, 1850 -- MY NAME IS LEONARD: -- There Is No Ground to Hope -- Leonard -- A Mangled Hat, a Mandolin -- A Housepainter -- No Word Spoken but Gioconda -- A Noble Mistake -- The Marquis -- THE AFTERLIFE: -- Last Words -- The Soup -- EPILOGUE -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- SOURCES -- INDEX.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12 Random House Studio.
Grades 4-6 Random House Studio.
Awards Note:
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2024.
Subject: Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. Mona Lisa > Juvenile literature.
Art thefts > France > Paris > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Creative nonfiction.

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