Year of release: 1999
On August 21, 1911, a certain artist came to the Louvre to make a copy from the Gioconda. Pictures on the spot did not appear, the watchman suggested that she was at the museum photographer. A few hours of "Mona Lisa" were looking for work premises, until all came to the conclusion that the masterpiece was stolen. An eerie scandal arose - just a couple of weeks ago, the director of the Louvre was praising that nothing could be stolen from the museum. Police snuffed the ground, but found only an empty frame on the service ladder.
The abduction of the “Gioconda” has become a major world sensation. Newspapers blamed the spies of Kaiser Wilhelm or avant-garde artists. Picasso, Apolliner and German diplomats were interrogated as suspects. A reproduction of the masterpiece was printed by all illustrated editions of the world, having hammered into the heads of even the aboriginal Polynesians far from painting that Mona Lisa was the main work of world art. From the front pages, only the Titanic crash was able to push the theft out of the Louvre.
No one had seen “Gioconda” for two years until, on December 2, 1913, Florentine antiquary was offered to buy a da Vinci painting. The seller was detained, and the newspapers of the whole world were again filled with portraits of the seigneurs of Gioconda. It turned out that the 30-year-old glazier Italian Vincenzo Perugia on the order of the Louvre produced a case for paintings. Having seized the moment when there was no one in the hall, he simply removed the "Gioconda" from the wall, carried it out onto the stairs, pulled the canvas out of the frame, put it under the robe and went home. Putting "Mona Lisa" under the mattress, he slept on it for two years, hoping to return home a masterpiece, "stolen by Napoleon a hundred years ago." The thief did not suspect that da Vinci himself sold the portrait to French King Francis I 250 years before the birth of Napoleon.
The Gioconda was returned to the Louvre in triumph, and Perugia was given the entire year of prison, taking into account its patriotic intentions. Since then, "Mona Lisa" did not steal, but on the other hand attempted on it several times. The last vandal in 2009 was a Russian woman who ran a smiling portrait of a stein for the fact that France refused her citizenship. All these stories have made “Dzhokondu” the most expensive picture in the world - its insurance assessment is 790 million dollars.