A 10-second video clip that claims the renowned Mona Lisa has been stolen is the most recent post that is causing a frenzy. Since the Louvre has not publicly confirmed the report, it can only be assumed that it is untrue.
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Nowadays, it only takes one video or image to go viral on social media, but the drawback is that misleading information can also profit from this.
A line of police and ambulance cars are seen in a video shot on January 8 sounding their sirens close to Paris’ renowned Arc de Triomphe roundabout.
“POV: You’re in Paris when the Mona Lisa has been stolen,” it reads. The video received over 2.4 million views in only 24 hours.
Users have flocked to the comment section to voice their outrage and plead for accurate explanations, but the creator has not yet responded to the more than 7000 comments.
“WHAT MONA LISA GOT STOLEN!!!? AIN’T NO WAY,” one user exclaimed in the comment section.
A second similarly chimed in: “SINCE WHEN WAS THE MONA LISA STOLEN?!?!?!?”
If the Mona Lisa were actually taken out of its bulletproof glass case, the entire world would probably be informed because it is the most expensive piece of art in the world at an estimated $860 million. Similar to how the 2022 cake toss vandalism of the painting, which was the most recent act of vandalism, immediately made headlines.
The artwork has been vandalized four times and stolen once, the latter of which propelled the piece to worldwide recognition.
Vicenzo Peruggia, an Italian artist and employee of the Louvre, committed the heist in 1911 by hiding inside the gallery until it closed. He grabbed the artwork, which was at the time viewed as a minor piece, and left Paris by train.
He kept the Mona Lisa hidden for more than two years before making an effort to sell it to a Florence art dealer in an effort to return Leonardo Da Vinci’s creation to its place of origin. The transaction fell through after the buyer informed the Uffizi Gallery, which acquired the artwork and reported the buyer to the authorities. In 1913, the Mona Lisa was delivered back to the Louvre.