In December 1962, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa set sail from Paris to New York for what was perhaps the riskiest art exhibition ever mounted. The driving force behind the undertaking was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy who overcame the fierce objections of art officials who feared the journey would ruin the world’s most celebrated smile. As “Mona Mania” swept the nation, nearly two million people attended exhibits in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Jacqueline Kennedy had succeeded in igniting a national love affair with the arts. Acclaimed biographer Margaret Leslie Davis tells the story of this tantalizing saga filled with international intrigue and the irresistible charm of Camelot and its queen. Portions of the sale of this book benefit the White House Historical Association.
Mona Lisa in Camelot
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