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The Mona Lisa Was Stolen?

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

July 25, 2015


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



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