20 Aug '11, 7am

100 years ago, the Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre

100 years ago, the Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa vanished from the main gallery of the Louvre museum, lifted by an Italian labourer who later claimed patriotism as his only motivation. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AFP) - It was an art heist for the ages: On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa vanished from the main gallery of the Louvre museum, lifted by an Italian labourer who later claimed patriotism as his only motivation. That Monday morning, at the crack of dawn, 30-year-old house painter Vincenzo Peruggia worked his way into the Louvre that was closed for the day. Peruggia knew his destination well since a year before he helped build a glass case around the great creation of Leonardo da Vinci, already a major tourist attraction. In a matter of seconds, he unhooked the painting, created between 1502 and 1506, and dashed for a stairwell.

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