Today in Art History

On this day in 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre in Paris—and remained missing for two years—still ranking as one of the biggest art heists of the 20th century.

Not one to fall under the public radar for long, Madame Lisa has made recent news again, this time attacked with a teacup (but protected by bulletproof glass). She’s not the first work of art to be assaulted. People have damaged famous pieces for the most bizarre reasons, with all sorts of ridiculous objects—the most recent that comes to mind is the Cy Twombly kissing bandit. Read more on crazy art attacks here.

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