Coverart for item
The Resource Mona Lisa : a life discovered, Dianne Hales

Mona Lisa : a life discovered, Dianne Hales

Label
Mona Lisa : a life discovered
Title
Mona Lisa
Title remainder
a life discovered
Statement of responsibility
Dianne Hales
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. No face has ever captivated so many for so long. Every year more than nine million visitors trek to her portrait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. This book rests on the premise that the woman in the Mona Lisa is indeed the person identified in its earliest description: Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), wife of the Florence merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Dianne Hales has followed facts wherever she could find them -- from the Florence State Archives, to the squalid street where she was born, to the ruins of the convent where she died. Lisa Gherardini was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Descended from ancient nobles, she gave birth to six children and died at age sixty-three. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence, decades of war, rebellion, invasion, siege, and conquest--and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, inhabited by larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered takes readers beyond the frame of Leonardo's masterpiece and introduces them to a fully dimensional human being"--
Summary
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. No face has ever captivated so many for so long. Every year more than nine million visitors trek to her portrait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. This book rests on the premise that the woman in the Mona Lisa is indeed the person identified in its earliest description: Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542), wife of the Florence merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Dianne Haleshas followed facts wherever she could find them -- from the Florence State Archives, to the squalid street where she was born, to the ruins of the convent where she died. Lisa Gherardini was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Descended from ancient nobles, she gave birth to six children and died at age sixty-three. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence, decades of war, rebellion, invasion, siege, and conquest--and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, inhabited by larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered takes readers beyond the frame of Leonardo's masterpiece and introduces them to a fully dimensional human being
Writing style
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10323984
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 759.5
  • B
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
ND623.L5
LC item number
A7 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/related_authorities
-HTdmzNDZHo
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a life discovered
Label
Mona Lisa : a life discovered, Dianne Hales
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on research by Giuseppe Pallanti, author of La Vera Identità della Gioconda. Milan: Skira Editore, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Una donna vera = A real woman -- Gherardini blood (59 B.C.-1478). Fires of the heart ; A voice without a face ; "Who would be happy-- " -- Una Fiorentina (1479-1499). Daughter of the Renaissance ; Money and beauty ; The business of marriage ; The merchant's wife -- A new century (1500-1512). New beginnings ; The portrait in progress ; Family matters -- The Medici triumphant (1513-1579). The rise of the lions ; The Great Sea -- The most famous painting in the world. The adventures of Madame Lisa ; The last smile
Control code
ocn862348056
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 317 pages
Isbn
9781451658965
Lccn
2013042086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2013042086
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)862348056
Label
Mona Lisa : a life discovered, Dianne Hales
Publication
Note
Based on research by Giuseppe Pallanti, author of La Vera Identità della Gioconda. Milan: Skira Editore, 2006
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Una donna vera = A real woman -- Gherardini blood (59 B.C.-1478). Fires of the heart ; A voice without a face ; "Who would be happy-- " -- Una Fiorentina (1479-1499). Daughter of the Renaissance ; Money and beauty ; The business of marriage ; The merchant's wife -- A new century (1500-1512). New beginnings ; The portrait in progress ; Family matters -- The Medici triumphant (1513-1579). The rise of the lions ; The Great Sea -- The most famous painting in the world. The adventures of Madame Lisa ; The last smile
Control code
ocn862348056
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 317 pages
Isbn
9781451658965
Lccn
2013042086
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2013042086
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)862348056

Library Locations

    • Silver Falls Library DistrictBorrow it
      410 S. Water Street, Silverton, OR, 97381, US
      45.003378 -122.781322
    • Salem Public LibraryBorrow it
      585 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR, 97301, US
      44.934972 -123.041775
Processing Feedback ...