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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 329 ARTISTIC ODDITIES

Mona Lisa Lifted

HOW WOULD YOU STEAL THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PAINTING?

 

Would you believe me if I told you that someone walked out of the Louvre—right out the front door—with da Vinci’s Mona Lisa under his coat?

 

Fantastic as this may seem, that’s exactly what happened on August 21, 1911. An Italian employee of the Louvre, believing in his heart that da Vinci’s masterpiece belonged in Italy, hid in a closet until the museum was closed to the public, and took the painting right off the wall and out the door.

 

For years, he kept the painting at his residence while he continued to work at the Louvre. Finally, ...

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