Italian employee at the Louvre in France, Vincenzo Perrugia stole the Mona Lisa in August of 1911 only to be caught in 1913 and the Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre. This is one of the most famous art theft in 20th century. No one knows why Vincenzo actually did it. There were two theories why he stole the Mona Lisa.
One theory says Vincenzo was patriotic he wanted to bring Mona Lisa back to Italy because Leonardo Da Vinci was Italian so Mona Lisa belongs to Italy. Even now, Vincenzo is celebrated for what he did by Italians. Le’ts think this theory is true.
And now, about Picasso.
Pablo Picasso was suspected of the theft as his poet friend, Guillaume Apollinaire implicated him but later he was exonerated. But why did Pablo Picasso bought a sculpture stolen from the Louvre a couple of months before the theft of thMona Lisa ? TIME puts it: “Four years earlier, he had bought from Pieret (a con man working for Guillaume Apollinaire) two of the pilfered sculptures, Roman-era Iberian heads whose thick features and wide eyes he would introduce into the great painting he was then just about to embark upon, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.”
Then I probably think that Picasso may have in his mind if he has the Mona Lisa painting, he might use some features of the painting for inspiration of his art work. If so, is it fair that taking the Mona Lisa or other masterpieces and use them for your satisfaction? what do you think? throw ideas in this note if you have more information.
This newspaper below is one of the papers in Italy which told the finding of Mona Lisa in 1913.
La Joconde est retrouvée… Mona Lisa is back! the reading starts. Joconde or La Gioconda is another name for Mona Lisa.