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Dorien De Groote rated it did not like it Feb 12, Kate Ann rated it really liked it Aug 08, What do paintings hide from us?

Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing

Can this tell us stesling about why we look at art, why artists create it, and why it has to be so expensive? Author Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst who explores the reasons why we look at yhe and why artists create; what are we trying to see and what do we fail to see?

Taking this story as his starting point, Darian Leader explores the psychology of looking at paintings and sculpture.

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?

One summer’s morning early last century, an Italian ztealing, Vincenzo Peruggia, strolled into the Louvre, exiting a short while later with the Mona Lisa hidden in his voluminous white smock. The first attendant to spot the space on the wall assumed it had been taken down to dxrian photographed.

He includes so many huge ideas in such a short book, and his examples run the gamut from art to movies to everyday life. All that time, the canvas was stashed in a trunk at Peruggia’s lodgings, where postcard reproductions stood propped up on the mantelpiece.

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Tarra rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Hanne rated it did not like it May 01, This is a book about why we look at art and what, indeed, we might be hoping to find. Or maybe he’s just too difficult to really fit into the popular nonfiction category, but too readable to be pigeonholed as academic. Stealing the Mona Lisa: Leonid Brezhnev may have seen in lusa Mona Lisa nothing but ‘a plain, sensible-looking woman’, but as an icon she is among the most recognisable ever; the stexling of classical art, her perfect features and riddling smile adorn postcards, tea towels and chocolate boxes the world over.


Hardcoverpages. Hordes of spectators, Franz Kafka among them, thronged to observe the space where the painting had been. Trivia About Stealing the Mona We never find out Peruggia’s motive since Leader’s prime interest in dariqn theft is as ‘the perfect crime of the modernist era’, an idea he explores dariaan a narrative fraught with digressions – some illuminating, most artfully obfuscating.

Dave rated it liked it Jun 29, Even Diderot confessed to blubbing over a typically cynical confection by Greuze.

Yet as this book insists, it was her disappearance that secured her celebrity, and the hordes of tourists that daily converge on the Louvre are as nothing compared to the thousands who queued to see not the painting, but the empty space left by its robbery back in Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst; here, though, he heads fearlessly off into the realm of art theory, using the theft as a neat springboard for reflections on why we look at art and what we see – or don’t see – when we do.

Despite Peruggia having left a large thumbprint at the scene, it took the Parisian police two years to retrieve the painting and make their arrest. Oct 02, Karin Gottshall rated it it was amazing. 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”.


Faber- Art – pages. The experience leaves the author dizzy and slightly despairing, but resolutely dry-eyed.

Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing by Darian Leader

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Readers should be prepared for dense discussion of drives and sublimation key elements of the psychoanalyst’s craft. The alarm was finally raised by a painter who arrived to make a copy of the world’s most famous portrait and discovered four empty pegs. Perugia believed he was returning Napoleonic loot, unaware that Leonardo had transported the painting to France for presentation to Francis I.

Who’s that woman hidden up his smock?

Refresh and try again. Hundreds of readers wrote in to L’Echo de Paris, for instance, insisting that the Gioconda must still be in the Louvre, hiding behind another painting.

Stealing the Mona Lisa: Plainjane rated it really liked it Dec 15, In the past, Elkins posits, people broke down in front of paintings all the time. The book’s subtitle asks what it is that art stops us from seeing, and it’s not giving anything away to reveal that the answer is nothing – a Lacanian nothing, that is.

John rated it liked it Jul 15, But the empty space behind her still exists – conceptually, at least – in the minds of psychologists, whose inclination is to look for what can’t be seen. When the Mona Lisa went missing init took 24 hours for anyone to realise that it wasn’t there. He’s brilliant, and I’ve been reading everything I can find by him.

And can this tell us something about why we look at art, why