The artwork "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 and got recovered in 1913 in Florence, Italy.
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The history of the Mona Lisa
The theft of the Mona Lisa
The local police commissioner Lépine informed the ministry that art theft is probably a "sabotage dissatisfied Louvre employee" was. This statement succeeded in the media, and even the Louvre had the image of the"dumping ground for pro-government pension event" . The art theft rocked highly politicized, the senior employees were terminated. Finally, the Ministry of Finance took over the responsibility for the museums.
As one of the Hauptverdächtigten was Gauillaume Apollinaire interrogated. He was a friend of Pablo Picasso, and both were placed under police custody. A certain Gery Pieret should be used to go to the Louvre to steal little pieces of art such as sculptures. He then sold them on the art market. This scandal is as "L'affaire of the statuettes" passed into history. Since Pieret was a friend of Apollinaire, he met Picasso know and sold him a small statue stolen from the Louvre. Picasso and Apollinaire should be broken out during the hearing in tears, and they were released after a few days due to lack of evidence.
For two years, the Mona Lisa remained missing. The Louvre has already given up on finding the artwork, as the true thief gave himself to Recognize: The Italian Glaser Vincenzo Peruggia worked as an employee in the Louvre, stole the artwork during regular opening times and took it in his Paris apartment. He then smuggled the painting in his native Italy to Florence. Two years later, he was arrested by the police in Florence, Italy, when he tried to sell the artwork. Later questioned by police, he stated that he committed the act of patriotism. The Mona Lisa was painted by an Italian artist, so it must also be issued on Italian soil, as its justification.
To have acted on the statement Peruggias only out of patriotism, is now regarded as very unlikely. It is more likely that there was a customer who has ordered the theft. When the Mona Lisa was reported missing, was an Argentine client has sold the Mona Lisa can forge in different styles and original as overseas, according to the thesis. Only in 2011 turned journalist and art historian Jerome Coignard on another thesis that a certain Otto Rosenberg has given the order from Cologne to steal the Mona Lisa. Rosenberg was known as a petty thief and swindler in Cologne.
1913: Return of the Mona Lisa in the Louvre
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