The Infamous Theft and Recovery of the Mona Lisa

TLDR In 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, causing international outrage and speculation. The painting was later recovered, becoming the most famous painting in the world and a must-see for visitors to the Louvre.

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00:00 The Mona Lisa became famous due to an event that happened in 1911.
01:34 The Mona Lisa is a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci that is unquestionably his masterpiece and was in the possession of King Francis I of France.
02:55 On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre and was later discovered to have been stolen, leading to confusion and suspicion towards modern artists like Guillaume Apollinaire and Pablo Picasso.
04:05 The theft of the Mona Lisa caused outrage and speculation, with newspapers around the world reporting on the incident, rewards being offered, and conspiracy theories emerging, while the Louvre remained closed and people lined up to see the empty spot where the painting used to hang.
05:17 Vincenzo Perugia, a low-level employee at the Louvre, carried out the theft of the Mona Lisa by simply hiding in a storage closet overnight and walking out the next morning wearing an artist's mock, taking the painting off the wall and covering it up.
06:27 The Mona Lisa became the most famous painting in the world after its recovery, and it remains highly popular, with 80% of visitors to the Louvre going directly to see it.
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