The Last Mona Lisa

The Last Mona Lisa

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August, 1911: The Mona Lisa is stolen by Vincent Peruggia. Exactly what happens in the two years before its recovery is a mystery. Many replicas of the Mona Lisa exist, and more than one historian has wondered if the painting now in the Louvre is a fake, switched in 1911.

Present day: art professor Luke Perrone digs for the truth behind his most famous ancestor: Peruggia. His search attracts an Interpol detective with something to prove and an unfamiliar but curiously helpful woman. Soon, Luke tumbles deep into the world of art and forgery, a land of obsession and danger.

A gripping novel exploring the 1911 theft and the present underbelly of the art world, The Last Mona Lisa is a suspenseful tale, tapping into our universal fascination with da Vinci's enigma, why people are driven to possess certain works of art, and our fascination with the authentic and the fake.

Title:The Last Mona Lisa
ISBN:9781728240763
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    The Last Mona Lisa Reviews

  • Linda

    "Art is not what you see but what you make others see." (Degas)And what you behold from the hands and minds of the masters may not always be from the touch of their brush. Jonathan Santlofer peels bac...

  • Andrew Smith

    Did you know that the Mona Lisa was once stolen? I didn’t. It happened in 1911 and though the painting later found its way back to the Louvre Museum there are some that believe the picture now in pl...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911? It was missing for two years, and what happens to it during the time it was missing is a mystery. The thief is Vincent Peruggia.The story is told in both...

  • Dana

    I absolutely LOVED this book!! The fact that it's based on a true events had me completely hooked. I hadn't heard of this book until it landed on my doorstep. I am SO glad it did! If you have a love o...

  • Liz

    I picked this up because Michael Connelly was recommending it. And it definitely reminds me of his style - fast paced, with more emphasis on the story than the characters. Which isn’t to say the cha...

  • 3 no 7

    “The Last Mona Lisa” is based on the life of Vincent Peruggia who stole Leonardo’s Mona Lisa from The Louvre on August 21, 1911. I know the story; I have read numerous accounts, and I have watch...

  • Literary Redhead

    Only a writer who is an artist — Jonathan Santlofer is both — could pen with such veracity this story of Mona Lisa’s theft from the Louvre in 1911. The thrilling tale elegantly spun explores the...

  • Royce

    I’m a sucker for conspiracy thrillers especially if they're about art history. Back then, I remember watching a couple of docuseries about the infamous 1911 Mona Lisa heist, which made me doubt the ...

  • Julia

    How this book has laudatory blurbs from Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, and Ruth Ware is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is that they don't have the background I have (I am in academia and h...

  • Heather Fineisen

    The real theft of the Moa Lisa is imagined through the eyes of thief's grand son who is an art history professor. A journal is discovered that has pertinent information regarding the theft of the pain...