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The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa

June 30, 2021

Louis Béroud, Mona Lisa au Louvre, 1911, oil on canvas, Unknown Collection

Everyone loves a good heist, and when the target is the world’s most famous painting, the stakes are even higher. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is arguably the most recognizable piece of art in western canon, but few know that a portion of her fame comes from her 1911 theft that left the art world baffled.

A plumber, a disguise, high-profile suspects: this story has it all. Click here to read Benjamin Blake Evemy’s summary of the events that took the world’s most famous smile off display for over two years.