Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Mona Lisa and August

What is it about the Mona Lisa and August? Well, let's see.

She was painted about 500 years ago in August by Leonardo Da Vinci.

And she was stolen in August -- on this day in 1911. During the two-year investigation, everyone who had anything to do with the Louvre was questioned. Even Picasso was taken in!

Yes, she was returned, and an art theft story ended. The museum employee who sneaked it out and hid it in his apartment was double-crossed by his con-man partner and tried to sell it. The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world, and her thief tried to sell her to an art dealer in Florence, in the same country where she was originally painted.

Mona Lisa now has her own room and extra security.

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