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Leonardo da Vinci

Biography/Nonfiction by Walter Isaacson

Professor Walter Isaacson, a noted specialist in the biographies of famous people, has penned an exhaustive, in-depth study of the enigmatic Renaissance Man Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). He devotes a full chapter to one painting: the Mona Lisa, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Although Leonardo was Italian, he spent his last several years in France under the patronage of King François I. Several of his most famous works are displayed in Paris, making him a French artist as well as an Italian one. Those major works at the Louvre include the Mona Lisa and La Belle Ferronnière. Click on the Amazon link at right for more information, or visit the book page on this Paris Bookshop website (link at right also).


Nocturne in Paris: Angels & Ghosts…

Fiction/Novel/Fantasy by André A. L'Aube

Full Title and Subtitle: Nocturne in Paris: Angels & Ghosts in the City of Light—it's a Dark Journey to the Shining Secret of Leonardo's Mona Lisa.

Like everyone else over the last 500 years, André A. L'Aube was captivated by Lisa Gherardini's portrait from half a millennium ago. As he developed his moving story of a ghost on a mission (Claire, hence the title, a play on words), he saw a perfect fit with related Parisian themes. The novel moves toward a stunning climax involving L'Aube's new theory about Leonardo and the Mona Lisa.

By pure coincidence, Prof. Isaacson's biography (nonfiction; no connection with M. L'Aube's work) was published at almost the exact same time, containing an entire long chapter dedicated to the Mona Lisa painting. When we are dealing with ghosts, especially ones on an important mission like Claire in this novel, we never know where fact ends and fiction begins. M. L'Aube clearly states he has written a novel (fiction; dark fantasy) but he is equally clear that he considers his theory of Mona Lisa and her painter to be very plausible, given the endless imagination, scientific curiosity, and inventive genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Click on the Amazon link at right for more information, or visit the book page on this Paris Bookshop website (link at right also).

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