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The story behind the Mona Lisa heist

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For exactly a century, mystery has wrapped the most famous art crime in history — the theft of the Mona Lisa. What many to consider the greatest portrait of all time, painted by Leonardo da Vinci from 1503 to 1507, disappeared from the Louvre on August 21, 1911. It was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia (1881-1925), an Italian immigrant who lived in Paris with the masterpiece for over two years.

Peruggia was never apprehended until he returned the Mona Lisa to Florence through an Italian art dealer, claiming he stole the painting to return it patriotically to the Italian people. However, the case has remained as elusive as the Mona Lisa’s smile.

Full story at Discovery News.

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