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Interior View / Louvre, Paris / Guard and Visitors with Leonardo's Mona Lisa / Photo, 1939
Paris, France.
Louvre: Palace of the French Kings; since 1793 museum.

Interior view: Guard and visitors in front of the “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Theft and recovery of Mona Lisa
On 21 August 1911, Louvre employee Vicenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa with a view to returning da Vinci's painting to its home country Italy. For two long years the painting was believed lost forever until, in December 1913, the painting resurfaced when Peruggia attempted to sell the masterpiece to the Uffizi in Florence.

The theft of the Mona Lisa and the subsequent attempts to vandalise it highlight just how iconic and powerful the work is. We mark the 100th anniversary of the painting's return to the Louvre with a selection of images about the theft and looking at how the image has been depicted by others.

Part of the Leonardo Da Vinci series