Mona Lisa Is Recovered
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 12/03/2012
Uploaded: 12/10/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Italy, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Peruggia, theft

Description/Abstract: News Display: Mona Lisa Is Recovered, Wednesday, 12/12

On December 12, 1913, arguably the most famous painting in the history of art -- the Mona Lisa, an enigmatic portrait of the wife of wealthy Florentine citizen Francesco del Gioconda, by Leonardo daVinci-- was recovered in Florence, Italy. Waiter Vincenzo Peruggia and accomplices, dressed as workmen, had stolen it on August 21, 1911 from the Louvre Museum in Paris. Assuming the painting, among other valuable works of art, had been plundered by Napoleon, Peruggia was prompted by Eduardo de Valfierno, an Argentine con man, to return the Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, to its native land. After hiding it in a trunk for two years, Peruggia was caught when he attempted to sell the Mona Lisa to a savvy art collector.

Today the Mona Lisa has her own room at the Louvre and is protected by bullet proof glass.