To Catch a Thief

Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” also known as La Gioconda, has more than just her smile and eyes shrouded in mystery and conspiracy theories. Most notable is the world-famous theft from the Louvre in 1911 and vandalisms in the 1950’s. The Mona Lisa, a 20.87 inch x 30.31 inch painting, became the most talked about, viewed, written about, sung about, drawn, and parodied piece of art. 

In 1503, Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant in Florence, commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to paint a portrait of his wife, Lisa Gherardini. The portrait was never given to the


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