teded: On this day in 1911, Italian nationalis…


On this day in 1911, Italian nationalist, Vincenzo Peruggia, stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. The painting was missing for more than 2 years, but in December 1913, Peruggia was finally caught and the Mona Lisa, now the subject of a major news story and a household name, was recovered.

The disappearance of Da Vinci’s painting was briefly attributed to French poet and radical, Guillaume Apollinaire, who was even arrested in September of 1911 as the prime suspect in the theft, but after five days with no evidence, he was released.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The poet who painted with his words – Geneviève Emy

Animation by TED-Ed and @charlottecambon