Read: Meet the painter who was born with no eyes
According to the police at the time of the robbery, Perugia worked at a company hired to change the glass covers of various masterpieces displayed at the Louvre. On August 20, 1911, Peruggia hid all night at the Louvre Museum, and when the museum is closed, he took off the painting from the wall and then hid it under his clothes. According to Peruggia, he entered the museum on August 21, the day the Louvre was closed for public, around 7 am through the door where the other Louvre workers were entering. To escape, he simply walked past the unmanned guard post, then hid the painting in his apartment. The Interesting thing is that it took 24 hours before anyone noticed that the art is missing.
|The Mona Lisa's vacant space at The Louvre after its theft in 1911|
|The Mona Lisa on display in the Uffizi Gallery, in Florence, 1913. Museum director Giovanni Poggi (right) inspects the painting.|
- After his release, he joined the Italian army and fought in World War 1. He married, then returned to France and work as a painter decorator. He died on October 8, 1925, at the age of 44, in France.
- Documentary by Joe Medeiros - The Missing Piece: Mona Lisa, Her Thief, the True Story