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Cleaning Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa is one of the world’s most studied paintings, yet she still has secrets to reveal. Join art historian Lee Sandstead—university professor and host of Travel Channel’s Emmy nominated Art Attack—on an interactive journey into the hidden world of Renaissance and realist art. Watch engaging videos. Read interviews with prominent museum conservators. Interact with gorgeous paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Waterhouse, and Bouguereau. All to follow Lee on his quest to understand the greatest secret of all—the craft behind the woman.

Cleaning Mona Lisa was designed by Tapity, Inc., winner of a 2011 Apple Design Award.

"an intriguing, personalized story from a passionate and talented art historian" ~ MacStories

"Bringing iBooks to a new standard" ~ TUAW

"an exciting and unique kind of reading experience on the iPad" ~ App Advice

Cleaning Mona Lisa requires iBooks 2.1.1 or later.


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Customer Reviews

A real-world DaVinci Code

I had the recent pleasure of reading an advance copy of art historian Lee Sandstead's new iBook "Cleaning Mona Lisa."The best part of Sandstead's book (in addition to its excellent exploitation of the iBook format and stunning photograpic imagery) is how Sandstead systematically overturns an oft-repeated myth in art history—that Leonardo DaVinci painted the Mona Lisa as we see it today, saturated with yellow, no eyebrows on the face, and seeming rubber gloves on the hands (I heard this myth myself when I studied art history in college).

Instead of myth, Sandstead delivers a real-world DaVinci Code, showing his readers what the Mona Lisa really means, both to the people of DaVinci's era, and to us today. Don't miss it.

His enthusiasm is contagious!

Art of this era isn't really my thing, but the examples were engaging, and the images fascinating. Even if it's more HDTV than art, it's well worth exploring.

The videos and interactive media use the iBook format to great advantage.


What a shame that many of the great works we can see today are not as the artists intended for them to be seen! Until reading this I never realized to what an extent this is true.
But how exciting that we live in a day and age where this tragedy is being recognized, and with the passion and enthusiasm of people like Lee Stanstead, being remedied.

Cleaning Mona Lisa
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  • $4.99
  • Level: Grades 10-17
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: May 29, 2012
  • Publisher: Monument Light, LLC
  • Seller: Monument Light, LLC
  • Print Length: 59 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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