Did you know that the Mona Lisa was hidden from the Nazis during World War II? Did you know that there’s pretty compelling evidence that Vincent van Gogh didn’t die from his own hand but was accidentally killed–or even murdered? If you aren’t familiar with these stories, or if you want to hear the juicy details of these stories of the art world and more, you won’t want to miss our next virtual Adventure, Beyond the Art featuring acclaimed art historians and authors Jennifer Dasal and Laura Morelli.
Please join us in a veritable feast of the senses, featuring both authors, to learn more about their fascinating books, The Stolen Lady and Art Curious. As a renowned art historian, Laura’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire with the stories of art history, both real and imagined. Her presentation will include a stunning Powerpoint presentation that you won’t want to miss. As a renowned art podcaster, Jennifer explores the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in Art History. Her presentation will include a special mini-podcast that will open your ears to the world of art in a unique way.
Your Adventure includes a paperback copy of The Stolen Lady or Art Curious with signed bookplate (or purchase both for a bundled discount), tax, shipping within the U.S., discussion with two bestselling authors, a special mini-podcast by Jennifer and a stunning visual presentation by Laura.
Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling historical novelist. Laura has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy. She has covered art and authentic travel for TED-Ed, National Geographic Traveler, Italy Magazine, CNN Radio, and other media. Laura is the author of the popular Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes Made in Italy. Her historical novels, including The Night Portrait and The Gondola Maker, bring the stories of art history to life.
In her new historical novel, The Stolen Lady, two women, separated by five hundred years, trick the Nazis and hide Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa—with unintended consequences. This stunning historical novel that will forever change the way you look at the Mona Lisa.
Florence, 1479: House servant Bellina Sardi’s future seems fixed when she accompanies her newly married mistress, Lisa Gherardini, to her home across the Arno. But when Lisa’s husband asks Master Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of Lisa, Bellina finds herself tasked with hiding an impossible secret.
France, 1939: As the Nazis close in on Paris at the dawn of World War II, a young archivist helps the frantic Louvre staff spirit away the Mona Lisa and other priceless works of art to hiding places in the French countryside. But as the dangerous game of cat and mouse comes to a head, Anne realizes her own family may hold the secret to returning the Louvre’s collection to safety.
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Jennifer Dasal is a contemporary arts curator with nearly twenty years of art-historical studies and experience, and the founder and host of the enormously popular ArtCurious Podcast, where she explores the unexpected, the slightly odd, and the strangely wonderful in Art History. In each episode, Jennifer discusses a new topic in art history that will bring art alive and make you think more deeply about what you’ve been taught. Her work has been featured in multiple local and national publications and websites, including O, the Oprah Magazine, PC Magazine, ArtDaily, NPR, Salon and more.
Her book, Art Curious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History, is a wildly entertaining and surprisingly educational dive into art history as you’ve never seen it before, revealing some of the strangest, funniest, and most fascinating stories behind the world’s great artists and masterpieces. ArtCurious presents an engaging look at why art history is, and continues to be, a riveting and relevant world to explore.
We’re all familiar with the works of Claude Monet, thanks in no small part to the ubiquitous reproductions of his water lilies on umbrellas, handbags, scarves, and dorm-room posters. But did you also know Monet and his cohort were trailblazing rebels whose works were originally deemed unbelievably ugly and vulgar? And while you probably know the tale of Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, you may not be aware that there’s pretty compelling evidence that the artist didn’t die from his own hand but was accidentally killed–or even murdered. Or how about the fact that one of Andy Warhol’s most enduring legacies involves Caroline Kennedy’s moldy birthday cake and a collection of toenail clippings?