The janitor who stole The Mona Lisa from the Louvre (1913)

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Monday, 11 December 2017

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On this day in the year 1913, the most famous painting of the world, “Mona Lisa”, was retrieved, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. It was found in the hotel room of previous Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, in Florence.

The man who stole the Mona Lisa
Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa on the morning of August 21, 1911 where he came dressed as a Louvre janitor. After he stole the painting, he walked out of the museum with the Mona Lisa hidden under his coat. Peruggia committed the crime because he wanted the painting to be exposed in museums in Italy. The painting was rediscovered because Peruggia tried to sell it to the Uffizi, a famous art museum in Florence.

Who is Mona Lisa?
The Mona Lisa was painted by one of the greatest Renaissance painters, Leonardo da Vinci, between 1503 and 1507. On the painting you can see a woman, seated in front of a landscape with an enigmatic smile that is both aloof and alluring. There are many myths about the mysterious woman on the painting. But most people believe it is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, which was the third wife of the rich Florentine merchant, Francesco del Gioconda. Therefore, the Mona Lisa is also known as “La Gioconda”.

360 trivial fact
Friendly competitor, painter Pablo Picasso was one of the suspects when the painting got stolen from the Louvre.


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