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Mona Lisa Is Missing, the award-winning documentary

about the man who stole the Mona Lisa

“...humorous, fast-paced, entertaining”

Loren King, The Boston Globe



“...a fascinating...

and wonderful film.”

Milton Esterow,

Former Editor & Publisher, ARTnews



“...a small, charming masterpiece”

Bob Duggan, BigThink


The Mona Lisa Was Stolen?

More than 8 million people pass through the Louvre, most of them just to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. But how would they feel knowing that Vincenzo Peruggia, a simple Italian workman, stole the painting in 1911 and had the Mona Lisa all to himself, hidden away in his squalid room in Paris for nearly two-and-a-half years? Stunned? Curious? Perplexed? How did he do it? And WHY? Welcome to the Mona Lisa Is Missing website. It's not only the place where you can learn more about our award-winning, independent documentary Mona Lisa is Missing, it's also the place where you can learn the facts about Vincenzo Peruggia and the greatest little-known art theft in history. So click, browse and

10 "Alternative Facts" About Vincenzo Peruggia and the Theft of the Mona Lisa

Ever since the Mona Lisa was stolen on August 21, 1911, there have been myths and misconceptions about the theft and the man who stole her. And these "alternative facts" continue to this very day. Here are ten that many people think are true -- and why they're not. 1. THE THEFT HAPPENED AUGUST 22, 1911 The theft actually happened on Monday, August 21, 1911 between 7:00 – 7:30 am. Monday was the day the Louvre was closed to the public and only maintenance workers, Louvre staff and student copyists had access to the museum. The theft was discovered on Tuesday, August 22 when the museum reopened. Guards had noticed the empty space on the wall where the painting hung but assumed that it had

What's So Funny About the Theft of the Mona Lisa?

The August 21, 1911 theft was so unexpected, so unimaginable that there was only one way the people of Paris were able to deal with it -- through humor. Take a few minutes and browse through the jokes, cartoons, and illustrations that were seen and read worldwide from the moment the theft was discovered until the painting's return to the Louvre in January 1914. The cartoonist Orens' five postcards Mona Lisa jokes More Mona Lisa jokes Mona Lisa postcards Dogs in the Louvre #MonaLisatheft #whostoletheMonaLisa #VincenzoPeruggia #Orens

Meet the Daughter of the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa

From the moment I met Celestina Peruggia in 2008, I felt as if she was the little Italian grandmother I always wanted. She was kind and sweet and so willingly shared with us everything she knew about her father so that we could tell his story in our film. She is the heart and soul of our film. Sadly, she passed away in March 10, 2011 at the age of 84. Click here to see a video tribute to her. #CelestinaPeruggia #VincenzoPeruggia

The Story of the Film: A 35-Year-Long Obsession

In 1976, Joe Medeiros, an avid trivia buff, was shocked to uncover a piece of history he knew absolutely nothing about: the 1911 theft of the MONA LISA. Acting alone, an Italian immigrant house painter named VINCENZO PERUGGIA took the painting from The Louvre and kept her in his one-room apartment in Paris for over two years. Peruggia was never caught until he returned the Mona Lisa to Florence through an Italian art dealer, claiming that he stole the painting to return it to its rightful owners – the Italian people. With archaeologist-like zeal, Medeiros went digging for any reports on the theft. He thought the theft would make a great narrative film but became stymied by the lack of infor

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