The Heist that Made the Mona Lisa Famous

On the morning of August 21, 1911, a former museum worker stole Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. French authorities conducted a sweeping investigation and interviewed dozens of suspects—including artist Pablo Picasso—but the Renaissance masterpiece remained missing for two years until 1913, when it was finally recovered in Italy. By then, the media circus surrounding the heist had helped make the Mona Lisa one of the world’s most recognizable paintings.

Source: The Heist that Made the Mona Lisa Famous – History in the Headlines

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