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December 12, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Mona Lisa recovered

On the 12th of December –

in 1913 Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa (la Joconde) was recovered in Florence, after being stolen two years earlier. Believe it or not, both Appolinaire and Pablo Picasso were brought in and questioned in relation to the theft. In fact it was stolen by an Italian Louvre employe by the name of Vincenzo Peruggia from a mixture of patrotic and monetary motives. He was caught when he tried to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence – not the brightest kid on the block, this Peruggia. The story of the kidnapping of the painting did much to strengthen its public appeal.

Here are some of the many, many images, renditions, parodies and detailed photographs in all manner of spectra we have in Europeana for the Monal Lisa:


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  1. jophanc / Apr 18 2012 21:22

    For the first time I see a beatiful looking Mona Lisa. Its the first one beginning from left.

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