Just in time for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s passing on May 2, 2019, Fielding University Press is proud to announce the publication of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa: New Perspectives. The book features contributions from 11 scholars in Italy, France, Great Britain, Russia and Brazil, as well as from UC San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Fielding Graduate University.
This important book, the development of which was fully funded by a European foundation, has allowed us to achieve a new level of publishing: with a trim size of 8 ½ by 10, and with 122 illustrations, it is printed entirely in color.
The core argument of the book is that, following a remarkable discovery in the archives of the University of Heidelberg, the original sources about Leonardo’s painting give us conflicting information. This raises several questions, including: Who is the Mona Lisa? When did Leonardo paint her? And why did he paint her?
The solution, posited in the book, is that Leonardo painted not one, but two versions of his most famous portrait. The first version, now known as the Earlier Mona Lisa, is expected to go on exhibit—for the first time—later this year, in the land of her birth: Italy.
We are grateful to all the scholars who contributed to this exciting project, including Prof. John Asmus at UCSD; Prof. Vadim Parfenov at the State Electrotechnical University in St. Petersburg, Russia; Prof. Salvatore Lorusso and Prof. Andrea Natali at the Università di Bologna, Italy; Prof. Átila Soares da Costa Filho of the Universidade Cândido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Prof. Jason Halter of the University of Michigan; and Prof. Robert Meyrick of Aberystwyth University, Wales, Great Britain. In addition, noted French art critic Gérard Boudin de l’Arche contributed an article, as did two prominent artists, Albert Sauteur and Joe Mullins. The book is edited by Fielding’s Jean-Pierre Isbouts.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is now available from Amazon.