This Day In History - Mona Lisa Stolen 1911

Mona Lisa Stolen 1911

Saturday, August 21, 2021

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Event Description

In perhaps the most brazen art theft of all time, Vincenzo Perugia walked into the Louvre, removed the famed painting from the wall, hid it beneath his clothes, and escaped.

Investigators and detectives searched for the painting for more than two years without finding any decentleads. Then, in November 1913, Italian art dealer Alfredo Geri received a letter from a man calling himself Leonardo. It indicated that the Mona Lisa was in Florence and would be returned for a hefty ransom. When Perugia attempted to receive the ransom, he was captured. The painting was unharmed.

Event Location

Louvre Museum, Paris, France