365 Days of Art: November 29 – Mona Lisa Thief Contacts Antiques Dealer

Woman seated in front of misty landscape with mysterious smile and folded hands.
La Gioconda (popularly known as The Mona Lisa), Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-1517

November 29, 1913

Two years after the theft of the Mona Lisa, the thief contacts an antiques dealer named Alfredo Geri. Geri has innocently placed an ad in several Italian newspapers to advertise his business as “a buyer at good prices of art objects of every sort.” The thief, who signs the letter as “Leonardo,” says that he has the stolen painting, and provides a PO box in Paris as an address.

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