The Picture Vanishes



"A hundred years ago, August 1911, an Italian painter and decorator slipped from the cupboard in the Louvre where he had been hiding all night, stepped up to the Mona Lisa, freed her from her frame and left the building apparently unseen..."

The art critic and author Laura Cumming recalls the period after this infamous theft took place.

Who was behind the caper? Why did France and Italy nearly come to blows? And was that face, sans eyebrows, really worth taking in the first place? She investigates in a specially commissioned essay to mark centenary of the event.

Laura Cumming tells the amazing story of

when the Mona Lisa went missing a century ago...

Laura Cumming recalls the theft from the Louvre in 1911 of the Mona Lisa.