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Posted by abeodbart August 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

August 21st 2011 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the theft of the Mona Lisa, by Leondardo da Vinci, from the Louvre in Paris.

The portrait was taken by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian man, who took the opportunity to relieve the four iron wall-pegs of their famous charge and walk out with it under his painters smock.

The theft was not noticed until the following day and it consequently remained missing for two years before it’s new owner unwittingly came forward.

The theft made international headlines at the time but has become largely forgotten in modern society. However, a new documentary feature entitled “The Missing Piece – The Truth Behind The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa” goes to great lengths, with the participation of Vincenzo’s now 84 year-old daughter Celestina, to uncover exactly what happened and why.

Screenings of the documentary are likely to be limited so if you manage to track it down make sure to share your views on it in the comments below.


August 21, 2011 at 10:46 am
Lynsey Middleton says:

Who was the real mastermind behind the theft of the Mona Lisa?……(

August 21, 2011 at 11:08 am
Anon says:

“…anniversary of the theft of the Mona Lisa by Leondardo da Vinci…”

Why would he steal his own painting after coming back from the grave?

August 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

While I hate to encourage criminality, you so should try to re-enact this as a TV special! A shame not to have done it for the centenary. Even more gripping television that Russian Roulette…

August 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm
Chris Redmond says:

It really is a depressing indictment of society to learn how even the looters from one hundred years ago were so much more civilised and discerning than they are now!
Then again, perhaps if they had plasma TVs in those days, Vincenzo Peruggia might have been tempted to discover what size he could fit under his painter’s smock?

August 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm
roz says:

this isnt exactly the story we saw on dr. who! 😀

August 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm
Fearglic says:

Isn’t the real jaconde in a museum in St Petersberg?

August 23, 2011 at 3:23 am
whodat says:

wish i would have known about those US screenings a few days back, man, always looking for a reason to hit NYC, this one woulda been legit, too.

August 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Flapjack says:

“August 21st 2011 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the theft of the Mona Lisa, by Leondardo da Vinci, from the Louvre in Paris”
Vincent Perrugia must’ve been so gutted to go to all that effort to nick it just to discover that he’d stolen a knock off by a guy with a misleadingly similar name.
Reminds me of the time I bought some ‘Calgete’ toothpaste whilst on holiday that tasted of mud. That looked like the real deal until I scrutinised the spelling too.

August 24, 2011 at 8:04 am

“New documentry” – It’s taken a long time to finish then, because he was putting out trailers 2 years ago:

August 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm
alan says:

 the theft of the Mona Lisa, by Leondardo da Vinci, from the Louvre in Paris.
It was an opportunist event really. Seems he’d only popped in to the Louvre for a quick Pizarro.

August 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Ming says:

Foolish humans and your petty, painty trinkets. When I steal THE LOUVRE they’ll not wait a hundred years to document its audacity…

November 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm
Emily says:

This is amazing, throughout the whole of my studies, I never knew that the Mona Lisa had ever been stolen ! I am trying to look at your work because we are in graphic design, and remembering back a few years ago you did some work on channel 4 where you influenced people through shop window advertisements, and managed to have one gentleman give away a pair of his shoes. I am looking for a video of this because we’re looking into subliminal advertisements, and I would really like to help share your view.

I have seen your video with the two graphic designers, and it really made me think. I’m artistically creative, and want to produce original ideas, but from the video I saw made me think if we really can produce anything original ?


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