Dianne Hales, author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

Asked to name a work of art, people everywhere say the Mona Lisa. Yet the most recognized and reproduced image in Western civilization has long remained one of its greatest mysteries. Daughter of impoverished nobles, teenaged wife of a brash businessman twice her age, mother of six, Mona (Madame) Lisa Gherardini was caught in a swirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Her long life (1479-1542) spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence, years of war, rebellion, invasion, siege, conquest—and of the greatest creative outpouring the world has ever seen. Hear the story of the lady, the artist, and the iconic painting.

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