Today on December 11th 1913, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Mona Lisa, was finally recovered after being stolen two years earlier.
The Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda, is perhaps the world’s most renowned painting. It mysteriously depicts the wife of the wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo. The Mona Lisa was painted by one of the great Italian Renaissance artists, Leonardo da Vinci in 1504. Her facial expression is famed for being alluring, mysterious and aloof. It is currently estimated to be worth $800 million.
The painting was (and still is) displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. On the morning of August 21 1911, a museum employee noticed it was missing. Museum officials immediately launched an investigation and shut down for a whole week. Over two years later, it was recovered from Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence. At the time, Peruggia was living as a restaurant waiter in Italy, but was indeed one of the accomplices in the heist.
It was revealed that the thieves had disguised themselves as Louvre janitors. Peruggia was convicted of robbery in an Italian court and spent only 14 months in jail. The Mona Lisa was eventually returned to the Louvre and is now protected by bullet proof glass.
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It’s a huge hit in Chestertown from 1886 to 1890. Then Kennard goes to Baltimore and meets Elijah Bond, a lawyer. In April 1890 they have a séance with Bond’s sister-in-law Helen Peters, whom Bond calls a “strong medium,” where they ask the board what it wants to be called. It spells out “O-U-I-J-A” and when they ask what that means, the board spells out, “G-O-O-D L-U-C-K.” The building where the séance happened is still there, 529 N. Charles Street. It’s a 7-Eleven. #Ouija#talkingboards#mysterious#rules#interesting#toy#communicatingtool#letsfindout