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Mona Lisa's escort : André Malraux and the reinvention of French culture

Herman Lebovics (Author)
Traveling in a First-Class Cabin on the luxury liner France early in 1963, the Western world's most famous painting sailed across the Atlantic on its maiden voyage to the United States. The goodwill generated by the loan eased U.S.-French relations, which had soured over tensions stemming from the cold war. The mastermind behind the Mona Lisa's triumphant tour was France's newly appointed minister of cultural affairs, Andre Malraux. In this book, Herman Lebovics recounts how Malraux's brilliant foray into the realm of diplomacy was but one example of his efforts to employ France's cultural heritage in the service of a renewed national grandeur
Print Book, English, 1999
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 1999