#26: Why is the Mona Lisa Famous?

Download podcast #26: Why is the Mona Lisa Famous?

Donald SassoonCome and climb into the La Trobe University Wayback Machine™ for this La Trobe University podcast, originally released on 29th November, 2008. It’s with Emeritus Professor Donald Sassoon of the Queen Mary University of London, and his book Mona Lisa has been translated into ten languages.

When you visit the Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris, getting close is a bit of a challenge. The room where she hangs has hundreds of people, all trying to get close and examine it. The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world, and while it’s undoubtedly a work of art, what makes it so famous? What makes it that painting in particular that has captured the imagination of the entire world?

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There’s lots more content like this in our Podcast Interview series. To listen to a lecture Professor Sassoon delivered on the Mona Lisa check out our Art collection, and there’s lots more at La Trobe University on iTunes U.

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