The Theft of the Mona Lisa

The Details

On August 20, 1911 the Mona Lisa was not found in her home in Paris and the country of France  immediately closed its borders trying to apprehend the criminal or criminals that managed to make out with the most well known piece of art in human history. The crime was committed by Italian Vincenzo Perugia as he was apprehended in Florence trying to sell the Mona Lisa to the Uffizi Gallery there. Eventually, the painting was returned the Louvre on January 4, 1914 and Mr. Perugia was hailed as a patriot for his country.

The Mystery

The mystery is figuring out who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.

The Sources

The Victim

The victim was by far the Louvre museum as it had just lost millions of dollars in a frame.

The Suspects

The suspects are quite high profile: Guillaume Apollinaire, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo Vincenzo/Vincenzo Perugia.

The Evidence

There is very little evidence in this case as the painting was basically lifted from its resting place in the open and the man walked out with it. There is probably something to be said about the motive being the evidence and about modern artists providing that motive through their seeming hatred of the old masters.

The Narrator

The Narrator is likely going to be Alfredo Geri, the man who bought the painting from Vincenzo Perugia and contacted the police about it.

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