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Un libro recomendable para los amantes del thf y para los que buscan comprenderlo. And can this tell us something about why we look at art, why artists create it, and why it has to be so expensive? My recommendation, therefore, is that you enjoy the career-jeopardising pot-shots Elkins takes at his colleagues, then close it on page One summer’s morning early last century, an Italian housepainter, Vincenzo Peruggia, strolled into the Louvre, exiting a short while later with the Mona Lisa hidden in his voluminous white smock.

Art and design books Darian Leader reviews. Readers should be prepared for dense discussion of drives and sublimation key elements of the psychoanalyst’s craft. Stexling 04, Lisa rated it really liked it.

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This book was a bit too technical for me but I think it would be fascinating for someone with a more artistic background. Leader is a considerate and convincing writer, though his viewpoint is heavily Lacanian, and really this is a book strictly about western art mostly male and its specific po Fascinating and dense, and most importantly made me think about art in a way i hadn’t for many years.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Leonid Brezhnev may have seen in the Mona Lisa nothing but ‘a plain, sensible-looking woman’, but as an icon she is among the most recognisable ever; the embodiment of classical art, her perfect features and riddling smile adorn postcards, tea towels and chocolate boxes the world over.


Or maybe he’s just too difficult to really fit into the popular nonfiction category, but too readable to be pigeonholed as academic. Just as with Magic Eye pictures, the harder you work to make sense of Leader’s writing, the less likely you are to get there.

Perhaps, when Leader posits the theory that the Mona Lisa’s smile – ‘a strange mixture of tenderness and contempt’ – was brought about by Leonardo exposing himself, a similar smile is playing on his lips, too.

Blinkered by their assumptions about high art, Louis Lepine and his detectives imagined the priceless painting installed in its own apartment, kept in style like an expensive mistress, and it never occurred to them that the thief could be one so humble as Peruggia.

Stealing the Mona Lisa

Return to Book Page. But if Perugia’s escapade was far from the perfect crime, it could be interpreted as the perfect work of modern art. A third was discovered beneath a parasol, asleep. What could have drawn these crowds to stare at a blank wall? The experience leaves the author dizzy and slightly despairing, but resolutely dry-eyed.

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Leader points out that Freud invariably turned to art whenever he faced a clinical impasse. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Other editions – View all Stealing the Mona Lisa: Open Preview See a Problem? Both he and Leader argue that great art acts as a mysterious portal to the subconscious. The first attendant to spot the space on the wall assumed it had been taken down to be photographed. Stendhal was so overwhelmed by the treasures of Florence that he had dadian syndrome named after him.


The motive for the theft was never fully clear. Apr 06, Pam rated it liked it Shelves: Although he roams from cave paintings to Picasso, what Leader often means by art is conceptualism the book’s dedication hints at why so many of his examples are works by Sarah Lucas.

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

What could have drawn these crowds to an empty space? Tom Caufield rated it really ths it Mar 15, 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.

Adopting the somewhat gothic-horror term coined by the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Leader refers to it as “the Thing”.

To see what your friends thought of this darain, please sign up. For every theory that leaves me unconvinced, he posits ten more that allow me to see myself and the world differently, in ways that feel profound and true. Martha Zavala rated it really liked it May 28, Leader is a Freudian scholar and his point of view is illuminating and challenging. Leader trained under French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, and his theory of a ‘zone tthe emptiness’ underpins much of Leader’s thinking.