At the cost of sounding like a broken records, "It's Serendipity Time Again!" This weeks book club selection was: The Discerning Eye by Carol Orange. It was an interesting romp about a huge art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. The stolen paintings are estimated to be worth 500 million+. Here is a Rembrandt that was stolen.
So today, I get this post about Picasso being accused of stealing the Mona Lisa. What? So down the rabbit hole I go AGAIN! Here's the story:
When the “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre on August 21, 1911, the art world immediately went into mourning — and began wondering who was behind the dastardly deed. One man soon under suspicion was none other than Pablo Picasso, whose name was given to the authorities by Honore-Joseph Géry Pieret, the former secretary of Picasso’s friend (and famed poet) Guillaume Apollinaire. Pieret had previously stolen at least twoBronze AgeIberian sculptures from the Louvre and sold them to the then-up-and-coming cubist artist, who used them as inspiration for his painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” (At the time, the Louvre security was rather lacking; the paintings weren’t evenboltedto the walls.) A terrified Picasso and Apollinaire were eventually brought to court, where it was determined that Picasso was indeed in possession of stolen art — just not the “Mona Lisa.” (The Iberian statues were quickly returned, and the judge let both Picasso and Apollinaire off with a warning.)
The search for the mysterious “Mona Lisa” took two years, during which time its popularity grew exponentiallyas reproductions were splashed across newspapers worldwide. In December 1913, Vincenzo Peruggia— an Italian employee of a firm that cut glass for the Louvre — emerged as the real thief after he tried to sell the painting to an antique dealer in Florence. (Peruggia is said to have believed that the “Mona Lisa” rightfully belonged to Italy and expected a reward for “returning” it.) Fortunately, the antiques dealer called the police. Peruggia later servedeight months in prisonfor his crime. Suffice to say that the Louvre’s security has vastly improved in the century since, and the painting isn’t leaving its exhibit any time soon.
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