The Mona Lisa Caperby Rick Jacobson, Laura Fernandez
Though Vincenzo was a thief, he meant well. He simply wanted to return the painting to the Italian people in the mistaken belief that it had been stolen from them./i>
The Mona Lisa Caper is based on true events that began to unfold on Monday, August 21, 1911, when Vincenzo Perugia shocked the world by stealing the most famous of the many treasures in the Louvre.
Though Vincenzo was a thief, he meant well. He simply wanted to return the painting to the Italian people in the mistaken belief that it had been stolen from them. Eventually, inevitably, Vincenzo was captured in Florence and put on trial. Italians gave him their hearts for his patriotism. In fact, he received so much food, wine, clothing, and furniture, that he had to be moved to a larger cell!
Throughout Rick Jacobson’s lively text, Mona Lisa herself narrates the story of her trip back to the city of her creation. The playful art Rick has painted along with his wife, Laura Fernandez, heightens the fun. Not only is it Keystone-Cops funny, it is a sound introduction to the painting that continues to delight, amaze, and mystify hundreds of years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death.
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Meet the Author
Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez are an award-winning design team and illustrators in their own right. Their work appears in corporate and private collections as well as in those of the French Government and The Royal Geographical Society in London, England. Together they operate a studio, the Jacobson Fernandez Partnership. They often work as a team on joint projects, including their thirteen published books. Rick and Laura live in Toronto with their three children.
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Who would believe that one of the most famous paintings in the world could be stolen from the Louvre? Not only did Vincenzo Perugia believe it could be done - he did it. The year was 1911 when he stole the Mona Lisa, mistakenly believing that it belonged to Italy he was determined to take it home. Perugia was apprehended in Florence and brought to trial. The Italians made him a patriotic hero, bringing him so much food, wine, clothing, and other gifts that he had to be given a larger cell. The jury, while sympathetic, did find him guilty. However, by the time of their decision his seven month sentence had already been served and he was set free. And what of the enigmatic lady, the Mona Lisa? The painting toured Italy before it was returned to its rightful place in Paris. Quite a story, isn't it? And Rick Jacobson relates it with gusto, allowing the lady in the painting to narrate her adventure. Illustrated by Jacobson and Laura Fernandez, the book is a small gem sure to edify and entertain young readers as well as adults. - Gail Cooke