Mona Lisa:A Life Discovered
"A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her." Few details are known about Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, who is generally accepted as the model for the art world's most recognizable face, so Hales takes the opportunity to treat Lisa as a Renaissance Everywoman, presenting a sweeping slice of life for the well-off citizens of Florence at the turn of the 16th century. While this may sound casual, it is well researched. Hales even provides a bit of a travelogue along the way with commentary on her investigative experiences.