Mona Lisa – Why?

cff24b41ba090185e967540c443b8880Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is claimed to be the world’s #1 most popular painting. But why? Is it that special? This priceless work of art rests in the Louvre Museum in Paris–where it was stolen in 1911!

With all her technique, mysterious smile, beloved painter, and origin theories, the Mona Lisa had fame since the 16th century, but the outbreak of newspapers all over the world searching for her in the early 20th-century made her the modern icon of art.

Mona Lisa was taken by an Italian handyman named Vincenzo Peruggia, who hoped to return her back to her Italian home.

But how did he do it? How did he pull it off? And how did the French recover her? FINALLY, understand what the bustle is over this small 2′ 6″ x 1′ 9″ painting in this short article by CNN a couple years ago.

  • Read another article and watch a video about the theft on the Smithsonian website here.
  • See & have a quick read about the Mona Lisa on the Louvre’s website here.


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