The Presidency

Jacqueline Kennedy and Mona Lisa

Margaret Leslie Davis discussed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s political and diplomatic coup in bringing the Mona Lisa to the United States despite opposition on… read more

Margaret Leslie Davis discussed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s political and diplomatic coup in bringing the Mona Lisa to the United States despite opposition on both sides of the Atlantic. Leonardo da Vinci’s famed painting was seen as a symbol of the free world at the height of Cold War tensions, and President Kennedy used its exhibition to promote democracy and American relations with France. Two million people saw the Mona Lisa in Washington, D.C. and New York City during the winter of 1963. Ms. Davis is the author of “Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy & Da Vinci’s Masterpiece Charmed & Cultivated a Nation.” The White House Historical Association hosted this event and provided the video. close

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Jacqueline Kennedy and Mona Lisa

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Program ID:
475331-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 13, 2020 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Last Aired:
Sep 19, 2020 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Sep 13, 2020 | 7:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 14, 2020 | 12:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 14, 2020 | 3:25am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Sep 19, 2020 | 12:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3