The Mona Lisa

Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was recovered on this day in 1913, from inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence. Peruggia had previously worked at the Louvre and had participated in the heist with a group of accomplices dressed as Louvre janitors on the morning of August 21, 1911.

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the great Italian Renaissance painters, completed the Mona Lisa, a portrait of the wife of wealthy Florentine citizen Francesco del Giocondo, in 1504. The painting, also known as La Gioconda, depicts the figure of a woman with an enigmatic facial expression that is both aloof and alluring, seated before a visionary landscape. After the recovery of the Mona Lisa, Peruggia was convicted in Italy of the robbery and spent just fourteen months in jail.

The Mona Lisa is perhaps the best-known painting in the world. What is not as well known is the name of the actual woman it depicts. The painting is more famous because of the artist than the person in the painting.

God is the great Painter. What he does on the canvass of your life matters more than the canvass or even your life. Give him control of the brushes – and prepare to see a masterpiece.

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