Cleaning Mona Lisa - Lee Sandstead

Cleaning Mona Lisa

By Lee Sandstead

  • Release Date: 2012-05-29
  • Genre: Art & Architecture
Score: 4.5
From 66 Ratings


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.


  • Fabulous use of Technology

    By DPullman
    This eBook turned me onto the power of iBook Author's multi-touch capabilities. How appropriate to utilize this creative format when discussing an art topic. Kudos to the author and publisher. Great job.
  • Finally!

    By BaileyFaye
    Finally! A fun art conservation book! I just finished this and, as an aspiring art conservator, I enjoyed it very much. I'll be starting my college art history classes this fall....I'm glad I read this first! It definitely makes you look at paintings in a whole new light. I look forward to more (hopefully!) from this author.
  • Mona Lisa

    By Prof.Gaddy
    Short but sweet. This book provides an insight into how all students will soon be learning. Sanstead's passion for art and seeing the Mona Lisa in her "as close to original state" is refreshing.
  • Well done!

    By JesseMcCarthy
    Great work with this one! Simple, great visuals and easy text. Overall, a quick, fun adventure through the subject of cleaning art works. Thanks!
  • Art lover or not ?

    By davids2015
    I love art and have had the plassure of seeing many works of art but even if you are just a person starting to look at and love art this Book is for you you will learn so much about art. Great Buy for the money I have read it and Now appreciate the art more Thank you.
  • Simply Outstanding

    By Phil VK
    This was my first look at Apple's new interactive book creation software product. I am 'blown away' by this implementation. Warmest regards. Phil Van Kersen
  • Art history for the layman

    By Wanttoseemore
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it while at an airport, and I could not put it down. This is not art history as your grandfather learned. It is fresh, simple and the author seems to think that art history is important to the layman--not just to his fellow ph.d.s I am looking more from this author, and I hope that he will delve into larger subjects. Oh, and I showed this to my six-year-old daughter, and now, she wants to go to a museum. How about that? Worth the $2.99.
  • Lively, informative, fresh

    By Boberooni
    This iBook exploits the unique capabilities of the iPad medium to reinforce its thesis: that oil paintings deteriorate, especially if they have been lacquered. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of the subject, the author weaves a compelling story how the most famous portrait in the world has be even tragically mutilated by time and inept attempts to restore it. I learned much and look forward to future adventures in learning.
  • a conservator recommends

    By conservatoreducator
    As a conservator, I would recommend this to my clients and undergraduate students. The ability to see before-and-after shots of real-world examples is priceless. In fact, I showed this book to some of my students the other day, and they enjoyed the experience.
  • Misleading Title

    By KimChee Queen
    The title is completely misleading. This book does discuss and demonstrate restoration of masterpieces. However, Mona Lisa is NOT one of them. I would have loved to have seen what Mona Lisa would have looked like after the author applied the same digital "cleaning/restoring" technique as described in the book.