Ree with the author s ultimate conclusion However I felt that
The Majority Of The majority of the that there were too many references from too many art movements historical backgrounds and cultural moments that didn t overall make a huge difference in understanding the Mona Lisa s global fame This is not to say that the research presented is not important but rather feels a bit misplaced in an accessible non fiction book It would be far suited to an academic essay or even a series of seminars There are also a couple of chapters particularly Lisa goes Global an academic essay or even a series of seminars There are also a couple of chapters particularly Lisa goes Global the end of the book where the discussion gets a little slap dashI did enjoy Donald Sassoon s obvious enthusiasm for his subject and perhaps if I had a stronger interest in the Mona Lisa I would have enjoyed it The history of how the Mona Lisa became the famous icon that it is today A blend of art culture history sociology and anecdote made for an entertaining and enlightening read I liked the illustrations which I consulted freuently when various painted were textually described UGH This may be the first book I never finished I kept trying and trying to read it Ng can be high art and pop classic and cool Likewise Donald Sassoon's elegant narrative is as much the story of one painting's ascendance to the status of global icon as it is the popularization of serious and distinguished art A professor and acclaimed writer Sassoon provides a fascinating account of Leonardo da Vinci the Renai. ,
T sounds cool doesn t it but I could NOT read it I would rather clean my house than read it An okay read but it does still feel *A BIT SUPERFICIAL DOES GIVE BACKGROUND TO THE RIDICULOUS *bit superficial Does give background to the ridiculous of the painting but not a lot of serious analysis The author of this book I will admit was a clever fellow With all of the buzz talk and ideas surrounding one of the most famous paintings in all the art world he successfully negotiated the paths of an honest thinker He proposed the theories to the reader without really ever supporting ust one of themAlthough the book was to be enjoyed there was something about the sections on Lisa going pop that bothered me Perhaps it was the view of an historical icon as a pop culture figure that lagged for me The last 70 pages were like dragging my that lagged for me The last 70 pages were like dragging my through a marshOtherwise enjoyable read for an art lover Interesting book that showed how the Mona Lisa became the most famous painting in the world and how Leonardo da Vinci s reputation as a genius was formed A promising start gave way to a big old snoozer Two thumbs down but not way down there were some interesting tidbits and photos. Ssance genius who created the picture; who the mysterious subject was; why it gained its unrivalled position in the art world; and how it has come to be used and abused by other artists and the international advertising industry Lavishly illustrated Becoming Mona Lisa is at once social cultural and art history of the highest ord. I wasn t overly impressed by the first chapter or two However as the book progressed I began to appreciate it In particular the chapter on the cult of Leonardo and how hiw reputation and image evolved over time were thought provoking It s easy to forget even as a historian how much we shape history to fit It s easy to forget even as a historian how much we shape history to fit and what we re seeking The chapters about the evolution of the interpretation of and attitudes toward the Mona Lisa itself were also interesting although some of his claims and connections seem far fetched His work was so broad that it wasn t always deep and some of his conjectures seem weak However overall it was a thought provoking book and worth teh time to read it If there was anything Sassoon missed in this book it must have been in Swahili If you are interested in
everything and I mean everything relating to the painting over the pastand I mean everything relating to the painting over the past years it is here I only managed to finish t I really enjoyed this book The extraordinary story of how Leonardo Da Vinci s masterpiece became the most famous painting in the world and an icon of popular culture This book is incredibly well researched and I fully ag. The Mona Lisa is widely recognized as the most famous painting in the history of art and an undeniable icon of pop culture Her celebrated face is used to sell everything from champagne to automobiles and appears on ashtrays mouse pads and refrigerator magnets More than any other art object the Mona Lisa demonstrates that somethi. .