Author with his books illustrates the benefits of A PERSONAL LIBRARY.

A PERSONAL LIBRARY

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) – the Italian philosopher and novelist, author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum – had a personal library of 50,000 books. He thought of books as medication, each volume appropriate to different ailments, moods and moments of ennui. He said: ‘Those who buy only one book, read only that one […]

Leonardo's portrait of Mona Lisa illustrates THE MYSTERY OF THE MONA LISA SMILE.

THE MYSTERY OF THE MONA LISA SMILE

The mystery of the Mona Lisa smile is that the mystery has finally been solved. Lisa del Giocondo is amused watching Leonardo da Vinci’s head pop out from behind the easel as he paints her portrait and smiles that illusive smile. ‘Yes, yes, lovely, dear. Keep your head still. Don’t move your lips…’ ‘I’ll try […]