Scandals, Vandals and Da Vincis: Great Paintings and Their Remarkable Stories

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Anova Books, 2007 - Painting - 291 pages
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From thousands of great works of art, Harvey Rachlin has selected fifty paintings behind whose canvasses lurk the most compelling stories. He describes how many of the world's incomparable masterpieces figured in revolutions, scandals, ransoms, thefts, shipwrecks and much more. Surviving these revolutions, ransoms and shipwrecks, many of our most treasured works of art have passed through the hands of a cast of colourful characters (besides the artists themselves), including kings, queens, wealthy patrons, spies, maruaders, Nazis, art sleuths and even the mentally deranged. "Scandals, Vandals and Da Vincis" is a unique book in the way it frames great masterpieces with true stories as compelling, thrilling, poignant and inspiring as the paintings themselves. It will keep readers riveted while enlightening them about famous masterpieces from around the world.

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Review: Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis: A Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

Stories were OK. Read full review

Review: Scandals, Vandals, and da Vincis: A Gallery of Remarkable Art Tales

User Review  - Annette - Goodreads

I think I expected the book to have a little more "pep" or a quicker pace. I was also disappointed with artwork. It is a very quick read and not a waste of time, but it could have been so much better. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Harvey Rachlin is the author of eleven previous books, including "Lucy's Bones," "Sacred Stones," & "Einstein's Brain," & the primary consultant to the History Channel's series, "History Lost & Found." He lives on Long Island with his wife & son.

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