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The Mona Lisa Conspiracy: Is the Masterwork Hanging in the Louvre a Fake?

Laura Reich
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Course Description

Painted in 1503 by Leonardo da Vinci, The Mona Lisa is widely regarded as the most famous painting of all time. In large part, the mysteries surrounding Mona Lisa account for her fame: Who is she? Is she smiling or sad? But, perhaps the biggest mystery of all: Is the painting a fake or is it the real work by da Vinci? Her theft from the Louvre in 1911 and recovery almost two years later will beg the question, was the painting recovered in 1913 the real masterwork? We will explore the history of its provenance, authentication, and ownership to get to the bottom of this mystery!

About the Instructor

  • Laura M. Reich, Esq. is an attorney and arbitrator focused on art and communications law. She is a partner at the law firm of Harper Meyer, based in Miami, Florida. She is an adjunct professor at Florida International University School of Law and instructs paralegals at Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Reich is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Florida Bar’s International Law Quarterly. A frequent author and lecturer, she recently published "Reversing the Silk Road: The Rapid Rise of the Art Market in Asia and its Implications, International Law Quarterly"; "Prepare to Win: First Steps in International Arbitration, The Woman Advocate, and The Art of Arbitration, International Law Quarterly." Reich is also an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Art. Her educational background includes the University of Florida College of Law (JD) and University of Florida (BA).