Friday, July 29, 2011

The Louvre Rejects The Uffizi

   Despite many many requests from the people at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Louvre has turned down any offer to let the Mona Lisa travel to Italy saying that the most famous Renaissance painting in the world, is to fragile to ever leave the Louvre Museum again.

 The last time the painting was in Italy was in 1911, exactly 100 years ago, when the painting was stolen by an Italian who pretended to work at the Louvre in order to get access. It was such a scandal that 9 days later when the museum was re-opened, it was flooded with people who went just to see the blank wall where the piece once was. The man who stole it, Vincenzo Peruggia, has a fascinating story. That is why I can't wait to see this new documentary all about the drama and the scandal of the 1911 heist and what happened afterwards. Check out the trailer to see what I mean.

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