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Archive for August, 2011

100 years ago Mona Lisa disappeared

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Today it is exactly 100 years ago that Mona Lisa, the celebrated masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, disappeared from the Louvre museum in Paris. On Aug. 21, 1911, an Italian house painter named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had briefly worked on a project at the Louvre, walked out of the Paris museum with the painting. He kept police and newspapers speculating about the crime for more than two years before sending a letter to a Florence art dealer offering him the painting. Peruggia was soon caught and successfully tried.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/08/21/2366421/100-years-ago-mona-lisa-disappeared.html#ixzz1VesWlqER

famous paintings animated

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Some 20 years ago Maarten Koopman made an awarded series of animated shorts showing the ‘making of’ famous paintings. For ‘The Bedroom’ by Vincent Van Gogh, he even won the Special Jury Prize, at the Film festival Cannes in 1990.
You can see the series here: part 1 and part 2