Saving Mona Lisa (Hardback)

The Battle to Protect the Louvre and its Treasures from the Nazis

Gerri Chanel

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In August 1939, curators at the Louvre nestled the world’s most famous painting into a special red velvet-lined case and spirited her away to the Loire Valley as part of the biggest museum evacuation in history. 

 As the Germans neared Paris in 1940, the French raced to move the masterpieces still further south, then again and again during the war, crisscrossing the southwest of France. Throughout the German occupation, the museum staff fought to keep the priceless treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen, often risking their lives to protect the country's artistic heritage. Saving Mona Lisa is the sweeping, suspenseful narrative of their struggle. 

Gerri Chanel is a prize-winning freelance journalist. She lived in France for five years, where she began the research for Saving Mona Lisa. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.

Gerri Chanel's account of how France preserved its art from both the destruction of war and the pillaging of the German occupiers reads like a thrillerCaroline MooreheadTLS
Fantastic … At its best this is a story of the inhabitants of a humiliated country doing all in their power to preserve their nation's cultural heritage … The black-and-white photographs in this book are worth of an art exhibition in themselves.Daily Mail
Chanel's history is a work of substance and scholarship that should be part of every art history collection and required reading for anyone who cares about Western civilization.Booklist (starred review)
A brilliant piece of storytelling explaining how the masterpieces of the Louvre escaped Göring's mantelpiece and Himmler's walls … This is a grippingly written and meticulously researched contribution to the history of the Second World War.The Tablet
A compelling true account of the men and women who fought to save France's heritage and a fascinating story of art and intrigue.France Magazine
This book tells a fascinating story.Choice


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ISBN: 9781785784163

Price: 20.00 GBP

Pages: 400

Publication date: 13/09/2018


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