Italian art critic: “I will bring The Mona Lisa back to Italy!”

One of the most famous Italian art critic and controversial TV personality Vittorio Sgarbi decided to bring the most famous Leonardo da Vinci’s paint The Mona Lisa (or La Gioconda) back to Italy. “I want to bring back to Italy, one of the most important Italian piece of art,” he said. “I will propose an exchange with another Italian masterpiece,” Sgarbi said on his Facebook page.

Brief history of The Mona Lisa

Da Vinci started the piece in 1503 and it is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506 in Florence (Italy); It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797.

On 21 August 1911, the painting was stolen from the Louvre. The thief Vincenzo Peruggia was an Italian patriot who believed da Vinci’s painting should have been returned for display in an Italian museum. Peruggia may have also been motivated by a friend whose copies of the original would significantly rise in value after the painting’s theft.