“Was the Mona Lisa stolen?” Tourist’s TikTok video showing police cars speeding through Paris sparks panic over Da Vinci masterpiece taken from Louvre gallery
Fears that the world’s most famous painting has been stolen from its home in the Louvre art museum have been raised after a tourist posted a video on TikTok.
@narvanator’s ten second clip of security vans and police cars flashing blue lights through the city – near the Arc de Triomphe – has now been viewed by 1.4 million people, and quite a few of them are convinced that Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece in became doubtful hands.
Maybe they watched Knives Out: A Glass Onion Mystery, where the famous painting is the target of a robbery. Or last year’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which also threatens the masterpiece.
Although the Louvre has not commented on the video and the painting appears to be safely under lock and key at the Paris art museum, it is certainly not inconceivable that it could be missing – it was stolen in 1911 and has been vandalized all four . times.
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Which Panic! Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Mona Lisa – also known as La Gioconda – pictured in Paris in 2020 – a video from a tourist this week has sparked panic that the famous painting has gone missing
The short video of the gendarmerie apparently rushing to a major incident was captioned with the words: ‘POV: Your [sic] in Paris when the Mona Lisa was stolen’.
Many of the 15,000 people joked that ‘Gru’ – the bad guy in The Minions film franchise was up to no good, referring to a plot line in last year’s film.
Others have suggested that heroic child duo Ladybug and Cat Noir – who have rescued the Mona Lisa before – will soon be in the French capital to see the painting – also known as La Gioconda – returned safely.
The TikTok tourist captioned the short clip: ‘You [sic] in Paris when the Mona Lisa was stolen’ – causing panic – and Google searches – from people who assumed it was true
The Louvre, where the painting is kept, did not comment on the clip, which was seen by 1.4 million people, but there were no reports of an actual theft (PicturedL The Arc de Triomphe)
Searches for ‘Was the Mona Lisa Stolen?’ shot up on Google last night – with 1.4 million people watching the clip.
As with all good rumours, a percentage assumed it was true – and searched for ‘Was the Mona Lisa stolen?’ shot on google last night.
The painting remains the hot ticket at the city’s Louvre museum and is closely guarded at all times.
Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious painting of Lisa del Giocondo, a Florentine silk merchant’s wife, sees thousands of tourists flock to the gallery every week for a glimpse of it.
The painting was originally bought by King Francois I in the early 16th century – for the equivalent of 12 tons of pure silver – and was hung in his bathroom.
One Victorian art critic wrote of the painting’s appeal: ‘Perhaps of all ancient pictures time has chilled it the least. She’s older than the rocks she sits among like the vampire, she’s been dead many times and learned the secrets of the grave, and been a diver in deep seas and keeps their fallen day about her, and all this was around her like the sound of lyres and flutes.’
In 1911, the Louvre was found wanting in security, and a thief was able to take the Mona Lisa off the wall and walk away with it.
After frenzied speculation about its whereabouts – with Picasso at one time a suspect – the Da Vinci painting was finally located two years later in Paris – stored under a bed in a trunk.
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