100 years ago Mona Lisa disappeared
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.