Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mona Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci is one of, if not, the most famous paintings in the worlds. When she was created around 1503–1504 this small, seemingly average oil painting, only 2′ 6″ x 1′ 9″, was merely just another one of Leonardo 's paintings. It was just one of his works, certainly not a masterpiece. Up until a man named Walter Pater wrote a review of the smiling lady, making it very popular in the art world. But it was not until 1911 that Vincenzo Peruggia stole the Mona Lisa and made it a worldwide sensation. Back in a time without the internet people could not simply look up what a painting looked like. They would have to either see it in person or read a review. Walter Pater was in love with The Mona Lisa and made it a major player…show more content…
In 1911 Vincenzo Peruggia, a Louvre worker stole the painting. Peruggia was brought to the Louver to put the masterpieces under glass. When doing so he noticed all these amazing pieces of Italian art and wondered where it came from. This gave him the weird idea that he would take one of the paintings and return it back to Italy, where he thought it belonged. The painting he chose just so happened to be The Mona Lisa. On a monday when the Louvre was closed to the public, he walked in like he would on any other day. He took The Mona Lisa off the wall and brought it to the service stairs. There he took the painting out of its frame and walked right out, painting in hand, the same door he came in. Instead of Peruggia taking The Mona Lisa back to Italy he decided to just keep…show more content…
Every paper reporting on the painting finally could show what the painting looked like. To many people The Mona Lisa was underwhelming, but it was too late the talk was already to big. Everyone wanted to see Leonardo di Vinci 's greatest work of art. Today The Mona Lisa is just as popular. Almost everyone knows what it is. There have been songs and movies made about the painting. People do not necessarily love it because it is a great painting but more so that it has such a mysterious history. People love being able to look into it and try to figure out things about it. This mystery and exciting story behind the painting has made it the famous work that it is
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