March 7, 2012

AND THE ORIGINAL HASN'T BEEN SEEN SINCE...:

THE MAN WHO STOLE THE MONA LISA: THE GREATEST ART THEFT IN HISTORY (Giles Milton, 3/06/12, Surviving History)


On Monday 21 August, 1911, an Italian man named Vincenzo Peruggia walked out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa hidden under his jacket. No one saw him steal the world's most famous painting; no one heard him prise it from the wall. Peruggia slipped out unnoticed and took the painting home to his apartment.

The greatest art theft of the 20th century could scarcely have been more simple. On the previous day - a Sunday - Vincenzo had visited the Louvre shortly before closing time. Once inside, he had slipped into a closet and spent the night in hiding.

In the morning - aware that the museum was closed to the public on Mondays - he put on one of the white artist's smocks worn by the Louvre's employees. He then made his way to the gallery in which Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting hung and lifted its box frame off the wall.

None of the Louvre's employees noticed that the painting was missing. Fully twelve hours after it was stolen, the duty caretaker reported to his boss that everything in the museum was in order.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Posted by at March 7, 2012 6:26 AM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« IT'S A PURITAN NATION: | Main | THE GROWN-UP PARTY: »