Why does a portrait of a Florentine housewife, painted over 500 years ago, continue to enchant the world? Who is the Mona Lisa, really? Why is she smiling? And why did Leonardo agree to paint her to begin with? All of these questions are addressed in this thoroughly researched and highly accessible book, which shatters the prevailing Mona Lisa myths by boldly declaring that Leonardo painted not one, but two versions of the world's most famous portrait.
DR. JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is an acclaimed art historian, bestselling National Geographic author, and graduate professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. DR. CHRISTOPHER HEATH BROWN is an art connoisseur and Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon who practices in North Carolina.