Mona Lisa at Home
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 585
- Jul 29, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:49 mins
Stealing the Mona Lisa Guest: Noah Charney, Professor of Art History at the American University of Rome and at University of Ljubljana, founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), author of "The Thefts of the Mona Lisa: On Stealing the World’s Most Famous Painting" The Mona Lisa has long been known for her enigmatic smile. The smile is just quirky enough, just mysterious enough, to make you wonder if she might have been in on the 1911 heist that transformed her from just another famous painting to the most famous painting in the world. The Louvre: A Backstory for Mona Lisa's Home Guest: James Gardner, art and literary critic, author of “The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum” Long before da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, and long before she made her way to the Louvre in Paris, her future home was the premiere palace of a pampered French Monarchy. In the centuries since, the Louvre has been witness to some of the greatest events, and most violent upheavals, in European history. The Louvre is the rare museum where the building is as fascinating as the art itself. Maud Lewis' Painted House Guest: Shannon Parker, Laufer Curator of Collections, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Known for her paintings of happy cats, colorful flowers, and bright ocean seascapes, Maud Lewis was one of Canada’s most important folk artists. She died in 1970, but her legacy lives on in the form of her painted house, preserved in its entirety in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. See the Maud Lewis collection here.