Mona Lisa in Camelot

How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation

by Margaret Leslie Davis

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  • 9780738211039
  • 9780786726349
In December 1962 Da Vinci's Mona Lisa set sail from Paris to New York for what was arguably the riskiest art exhibition ever mounted. The fragile icon traveled like a head of state, with armed guards and military surveillance, in a temperature-controlled vault. Masterminding the entire show was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. For eighty-eight charmed days, “Lisa Fever” swept the nation as nearly two million Americans attended exhibits in Washington, D.C. and New York. It was the greatest outpouring of appreciation for a single work of art in American history and the beginning of our nation's love affair with the arts.

Acclaimed biographer Margaret Leslie Davis “tells the tale in charming fashion” (USA Today), revealing a saga filled with international intrigue and the irresistible charm of Camelot and its queen.


  • Hachette Books; November 2008
  • ISBN: 9780786726349
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  • Title: Mona Lisa in Camelot
  • Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
  • Imprint: Da Capo Press
Subject categories
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  • 9780738211039
  • 9780786726349

About The Author

Margaret Leslie Davis is the award-winning author of The Culture Broker, Rivers in the Desert, and the Los Angeles Times bestseller Dark Side of Fortune. She lives in Los Angeles.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780738211039
  • 9780786726349