The man who stole the Mona Lisa: A true story worthy of a movie | News from Mexico | News from Mexico

The man who stole the Mona Lisa: A true story worthy of a movie | News from Mexico | News from Mexico
The man who stole the Mona Lisa: A true story worthy of a movie | News from Mexico | News from Mexico

The protagonist:

Vincenzo Peruggia was an Italian immigrant who worked as a carpenter in the Louvre Museum. Although I did not have a great knowledge of untilwas fascinated by the Mona Lisa and its worldwide fame.

The robbery:

On August 21, 1911, Peruggia took advantage of a day when the museum was closed to carry out his bold plan. He entered the museum before dawn, dressed in an employee’s uniform, and took the Mona Lisa down from its frame. He hid it under his coat and walked out of the museum as if nothing had happened.

The mistery:

For two years, the disappearance of the Mona Lisa shocked the world. Exhaustive investigations were carried out, hundreds of people were questioned, and various theories were floated about the painting’s whereabouts. Even famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire were considered suspicious.

The return:

In 1913, Peruggia, who was desperate to sell the painting, contacted an Italian art dealer. The dealer, recognizing the Mona Lisa, alerted the authorities. Peruggia was arrested and the painting eventually returned to the Louvre, where it became an even more famous and protected work.

Motives and legacy:

Peruggia’s motivations for stealing the Mona Lisa remain a matter of debate. Some believe he was a simple thief motivated by money. Others claim he was an Italian patriot who wanted to recover the work of art that had been looted by Napoleon.

Whatever the reason, Vincenzo Peruggia’s theft of the Mona Lisa is a fascinating story that has captured the public’s imagination for more than a century.

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Interesting details:

  • Peruggia was only sentenced to one year in prison for the robbery.
  • The Mona Lisa now resides behind bulletproof, armoured glass at the Louvre.
  • The Mona Lisa is estimated to be worth more than $800 million.
 
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