On this day in 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris.
It was decided that it must have been the work of a mad-man in the middle of the night, but the painting was not found until 1913 when an Italian painter tried to sell it to an art dealer.
Da Vinci’s infamous portrait is considered by most to be the world’s most famous painting, and the world’s most seen painting. It is loved, admired, critiqued and transposed as a pop culture icon across the globe, because of its beauty and mystery.
Who is Mona Lisa? Is it a self-portrait of Da Vinci, Is it his lover? Why is she smiling? Does she know a secret? And most importantly, how and why has she held the world’s attention for the better part of 500 years?