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Through Mona Lisa's Eyes, written by Bruce Wilson, Jr. is historical, non-fiction about famous artwork. Brian narrates and brings history to life with various character voices. The audiobook was narrated, edited and produced in Brian's home studio.

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Vocal Characteristics


English (North American)

Voice Age

Middle Aged (35-54)


Italian, US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes)


Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
The birth of Venus promised a new era of art, one that would celebrate classical forms and figures forgotten for centuries. But when a charismatic preacher arrived in the 1490s, everything changed. Frost. Savonarola a fire and Brimstone preacher railed against the a wickedness of men lamenting that their world has come to such a state that one can no longer find anyone who does good. The wealthy patrons who funded renaissance artists earned Savonarola sire. He blamed them for focusing on vanities or worldly goods like expensive fabric, mirrors, musical instruments, playing cards and any non biblical art. I am the hellstorm that shall break the heads of those who do not take shelter, vowed Savonarola. And in 1494, he turned that promise into a reality with the Medici family. Week after their charismatic leader and patron Lorenzo de Medici died, Savonarola swept in and seized control, Savonarola organized teams of young boys who went door to door in Florence collecting vanities and then in 14 97 he organized a bonfire of the vanities florentines of all ages gathered to watch, cosmetics books and other vanities burn? And what about Sandro BOTTICELLI? He reportedly attended the bonfire as well and through some of his secular paintings on the fire. What masterpieces were lost to history. When BOTTICELLI decided to follow Savonarola as lead the same kinds of stories repeat again and again in history. Famous artworks have a surprising back story or their story stretches far beyond the time and place where they were created, take girl with a pearl earring, one of the most famous portraits of all time, Johannes vermeer's painting has inspired poems, movies and books. Everyone wonders who is the girl? Why does she wear a pearl earring? What does her unusual head wrapping represent? Vermeer's other works show the domestic life of the Netherlands in the 17th century. In one, a milkmaid pours milk from a picture and another. Children sit for music lessons. But girl with a pearl earring seems different. Something about her facial expression or the dark background sets her apart artwork caption. Although Johannes vermeer is famous for his domestic scenes, none of his works garnered the same fascination as girl with a pearl earring, But viewers weren't always drawn to the small portrait. In 1881, a Dutch art collector paid under $1 for the painting. As for the girl in the painting, she doesn't exist. Vermeer's portrait is a trone e or a painting of an imagined figure. Girl with the pearl earring was an experiment away for vermeer to test out his techniques and to use light rather than lines to paint. Sometimes artists create works for one reason and they end up with very different purposes. Take the book of hours, made for the Duke de berry. A french aristocrat in the 15th century. The nobleman used the small book in his prayers, but centuries later, it's not the text that draws viewers, it's the miniature showing each month of the year. Art takes on a life of itself after its creator sets down the brush or chisel in through mona lisa's eyes. We'll trace more than a dozen works of art by looking back at history through the eyes of famous works of art. We'll uncover hidden stories from the past and take away lessons for the future.