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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 did a series of five satirical postcards on the theft.

The cartoonist Orens' five postcards

Mona Lisa jokes

More Mona Lisa jokes

Mona Lisa postcards

Dogs in the Louvre

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