Mona Lisa's Smile
"What Is It With Mona Lisa's Smile? It's You!" by Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times (November 21, 2000). Also here. Harvard neuroscientist Margaret Livingstone argues the "vanishing" smile is created by differences in how central and peripheral vision works.
NPR Talk of the Nation: Neal Conan interviews author Angus Trumble (January 20, 2004). Alas, does not get into the Mona Lisa! [14 minutes]
USA Today review article, "'Smile' puts a happy face on the history of grin" by Deirdre Donahue (March 2004)
Science News review (Feb. 2004)
NPR: All Things Considered, "Mona Lisa's Teeth." (April 5, 1999)
Amazon. Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us from Seeing by Darian Leader.
Amazon. The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa by Robert Noah. Booklist calls it "A lightweight tale with its roots and outlines in both the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 and the revelation of the intricate plot surrounding that theft in 1932."
Theft of the Mona Lisa. This is a lavish, multi-page site devoted to the great 1911 theft, and digressions on topics like Mona Lisa's identity and The Myth of the Mona Lisa . The site is part of the larger site Treasures of the World: Stories behind masterworks of art and nature. "Treasures" covers other masterpieces, like the Taj Mahal and Picasso's Guernica.
NPR, Talk of the Nation: "Math and the Mona Lisa." Interview with Bulent Atalay (Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo daVinci) and Margaret Livingstone, author of the central/peripheral vision theory. (August 20, 2004)
Amazon. Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci by Bulent Atalay. Publishers Weekly's describes it as a "readable, if less than compelling, disquisition on the close relationship of art and science." Reader reviews are all raves.
"Mona - The Medusa Equation and the Pregnant Mona Lisa" a detailed exploration of the "pregnany" motif in Mona Lisa redos.
Aiwaz.net has three essays by "morphus" on the painting's alleged esoteric meaning: