Apollinaire and the Theft of the Mona Lisa


51I6rMCPXiLOn the 21st of August 1911, the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre. The absence of the painting was first noticed by the painter Louis Beroud, who in the morning of the 22nd of August made his way to the Salon Carré where the Mona Lisa had been on display for five years. However, in place of the image of the coy smiling La Gioconda, he found an empty wall. He reported the occurrence to one of the guards who assumed that the painting was taken to be photographed for marketing purposes. Within a few hours, however, it became clear that the artwork had vanished from the Louvre!

The press coverage that followed was enormous, strangely enough contributing to an even bigger popularity of the painting. “The Parisian newspapers bemoaned the loss of a national treasure and filled their pages for several…

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Isabella of Valois, Queen of England

The Freelance History Writer

The young Isabella of Valois meets her first husband, King Richard II of England The young Isabella of Valois meets her first husband, King Richard II of England

The Hundred Years War was started in 1337 by King Edward III of England, grandfather of King Richard II. The constant fighting was taking its toll on England and France. Both King Richard and the French King Charles VI were looking for a truce, if not a complete cessation of hostilities. Richard’s wife, Anne of Bohemia had died in 1394 and it made sense for him to marry a French princess to cement any agreement. Talks began shortly after Anne’s death of a marriage between Richard and Princess Isabella of Valois.

Isabella of Valois was born on November 9, 1389 at the Louvre in Paris. She was the eldest child of King Charles VI of France and Queen Isabeau of Bavaria. King Charles suffered from bouts of madness which may have been made for some frightful…

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