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Who is Mona Lisa? Is it a self-portrait? Why doesn’t she have eyebrows? Is she only famous because she was stolen? How do we know what Leonardo was thinking?
James Payne discusses the Mona Lisa in a special extended film. If you enjoyed the 15-minute film, then don’t miss this one. Lots of new information, presented with just the facts. No conspiracy theories or nonsense in this film, just straight forward information.
Since releasing my first film on the Mona Lisa over a year ago, I have been amazed at the response. This is the more comprehensive version I always wanted to do, that uses some of the information from the first film (but in higher resolution with better sound and with clearer graphics), as well as answering the hundreds of questions my first film generated.
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”What a brilliant series this is” – Stephen Fry on Twitter 12 December 2020
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Chinese Subtitles by Charles Xue
Brazilian subtitles by Tibério Valença Ribeiro
Dutch Subtitles by Bart Vergouwe
Title Sequence by Brian Adsit (instagram and Behance www.behance.com/badsit88)
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Spolvero technique –
Der Raub der Mona Lisa (1931) ©Super-Film
Napoléon by Abel Gance (1927) ©Gaumont
Being Human (Dr Margaret Livingstone) – Brilliant lecture –
Nick winter et la vol de la Joconde ©Paul Garbagni
Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting (brilliant book) : Kemp, Martin Kemp, Giuseppe Pallanti
Mona Lisa Revealed – Guiseppe Pallantini
Mona Lisa: The History of the world’s most famous painting – Sassoon
Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson
The Complete Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci – Paul Richter (editor)
Stealing the Mona Lisa Main by Darian Leader
Lumière on The Mona Lisa: Hidden Portraits by Pascal Cotte
Music: Puccini’s ”O mio Babbino Caro” and Bach ”Golberf Variations”
”Theme” music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”
Windsor and Newton Video (great resource for artists!) –
All multi-spectra scanned images ©Pascal Cotte
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