Who stole her?
And how did the crime transform her into a celebrity?
Today the Mona Lisa is the world's most famous painting, viewed by 8 million people every year.
Back in 1911, the Mona Lisa was just one of many of the Louvre's masterpieces. And then... she disappeared.
The theft of the Mona Lisa humiliated the Louvre and shocked all of France. Neither the dogged efforts of the Paris police, nor the CSI skills of the era's greatest detective could catch the thief.
But one man did.
Who was responsible for returning the Mona Lisa to the Louvre? And how did the Mona Lisa's disappearance turn her into a superstar celebrity?
The secrets are revealed in Museum Secrets: Inside The Louvre.
We won't reveal the secret identity of the sleuth here (you'll have to watch the full episode) but we have discovered another secret of the Mona Lisa known to only a select few:
A Marked Masterpiece
A recent discovery reveals that someone left a mark on the Mona Lisa. Find out who did it and why in this Web Exclusive Video: Mark of a Thief.
And in case you're worried that a thief may again walk off with the Mona Lisa (or some other treasure of the Louvre) we invite you to walk the halls with the museum's director of security in this Web Exclusive Video: Louvre Walkabout.
Believe It Or Not
The Mona Lisa has been reproduced in countless ways, but perhaps never in such a highly caffeinated manner as in this recent effort: A Mona Lisa Coffee Sculpture (Video).
Beg to Differ
There are lots of myths about the Mona Lisa. Guardian writer Jonathan Jones busts a few of them in this article: Should we believe those Da Vinci stories?
coolgirl • #65 • 2014-01-11 15:54:30
how is the Mona Lisa so cool