Mona Lisa, Theft, Jerry Puree discussed on This Day in History Class
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He worked at the louvre as a handyman fixing the glass in the displays months before he would still the mona lisa. A french reporter stayed overnight at the louvre move in a sarcophagus to show how surveillance at the museum's lies the move did not have the best measures in place to protect the artwork from theft for instance stints. Many of the paintings were hanging and easy to take off the wall by many accounts peruta. No stranger to the personnel in the museum entered entered the lube on the evening of sunday august twentieth nineteen eleven wearing the same white smocks duluth employee's war he went to the gallery that held the mona lisa and hid in a closet until the museum closed then he took the mona lisa out of its frame and walked out with it under his smart mark on the twenty-first but peruta himself said that he entered the lose on the morning of monday august twenty first grabbed the mona lisa off the wall when nobody was in the gallery and left with it under his smock either way. He took the painting back to his apartment. The theft went unnoticed for a whole day since paintings were often removed for cleaning or for photos but the day after the best security guards realized that the artwork was missing and reported to the police. Police launched an investigation into the crime. The mona lisa's frame was found in a stairwell. Yeah well and the museum announced the death to the public. The museum closed for a week. The press jumped on the story which became international news <music> over the next two years fans of the mona lisa and lube visitors express their frustration with of the beloved artwork investigators investigators questioned witnesses in stopped cars and pedestrians for searches but they weren't turning up any leads the newspaper of peres journal. No was offering a reward for information about the theft and a man named joseph. Jerry puree went to its office with a small statue. He claimed that he you stole from the lou. He once worked for the poet. Guillaume apollinaire who had once called for the two burns down and had several small statues. I choose that were stolen from the loof. Puree implicated apollinaire in the mona lisa theft but investigators did not think that apollinaire committed committed the crime alone so they went after picasso to who was a friend of apollinaire as an had bought stolen statues from puree but after their trial apollinaire and picasso were let off the hook the investigation went cold though people continued to speculate on the painting's whereabouts some claim they saw it in brazil or japan some said it was in the mansion of financier j. p. morgan but borussia <hes> had been keeping the mona lisa hidden. He insisted that he just wanted to return it to italy where it rightfully belonged as napoleon has stolen colin it though it was not plundered under napoleon whether or not he was being truthful when he gave his justification for the theft has been up for debate eight in nineteen thirteen he tried to sell the painting using the pseudonym leonardo vincenzo he wrote to an art dealer in florence named alfreido jerry saying he would bring the painting to italy in exchange for five hundred thousand lire jerry agreed and perrugia took the mona lisa said to italy jerry that we see gallery would authenticate the painting but instead of buying the painting jerry reported for russia to to the police. He was arrested on december eleventh in his hotel the u._p._c. gallery display the mona lisa for a couple of weeks before it was returns to the louvre in january of nineteen fourteen peruta was convicted of theft in august of nineteen fourteen and sentenced to just over over a year in prison though he served less time in that art enthusiast and critics showed renewed interest in the mona lisa after its return turn. I'm jeff coat and hopefully you know a little more about history today than you did. Yesterday we love it if you left us a comment on twitter instagram or facebook at t the i h c podcast thanks for showing up. We'll meet here again again tomorrow. For more podcasts from iheartradio visit the iheartradio app apple podcasts or airy listen to your favorite shows and we're back at the ron burgundy podcast season two baby the pressure team win. Do i brush my teeth when everyone else does on holidays and sometimes i forget i'm not perfect. This is smell of your breath back. 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