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Aug 18, 2021

Jonathan Santlofer joins Carol Fitzgerald for a lively discussion of his new novel, The Last Mona Lisa, his first novel with a historical setting.

The Last Mona Lisa explores the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, giving readers a backstage look at what happened with the painting and the thief behind it all. With forgeries propping up in its wake, the ensuing years became a mystery for the art world. Where is the real painting? And what if the Mona Lisa that ended up in the Louvre has been a replica all along? Jonathan’s protagonist, Luke Perrone, a descendant of the thief tries to sort out what happened and ends up deep in the underworld of art forgery.

Jonathan , who is not only a gifted writer, but also an artist, shares his expertise on the art world and dives deep into his research for the famous painting. As part of his research, he even sat in the cell where the culprit was jailed. Jonathan talks to Carol about how his work as an artist has influenced his writing. And what he’s working on now with both his painting and his writing.

Books Discussed in This Episode:

The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald