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Architecture: Palais Stoclet (1905 to 1911) - Josef Hoffmann

Key artworks: Me and my Village (1911) - Marc Chagall

Georges Lepape, Les choses de Paul Poiret, Paris: Maquet, 1911

Blue Horse (1911) - Franz Marc

Mona Lisa stolen

Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-1507) - Leonardo da Vinci

On August 22, 1911, the theft of the Mona Lisa was discovered. French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was arrested and put in jail on suspicion of theft on September 7 and Pablo Picasso was brought in for questioning, but both were later released. At the time, the painting was believed lost forever. It turned out that Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, believing that the painting belonged to Italy and shouldn't be kept in France, stole it by simply walking out the door with it hidden under his coat. However, greed got the better of him and the Mona Lisa was recovered when he attempted to sell it to a Florence art dealer; it was exhibited all over Italy and returned to the Louvre in 1913. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa [Aug 2004]

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