Stealing the Mona Lisa

Stealing the Mona Lisa

Series 1



There’s a great little story here – the audacious theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in August 1911 – if you can stop sniggering at the unintentionally farcical dramatic reconstructions. They’re like a flickering silent movie full of characters wearing comedy moustaches.

What’s astonishing about the heist is that the painting (at the time not the most famous or the most valuable in the museum) was missing for 24 hours before anyone noticed. At one point Picasso was a suspect. By the time the masterpiece was recovered two years later, its theft had elevated it to the most famous portrait in the world.


This episode looks back to 1911, when one of the most famous pieces of art across the globe, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris. As the painting is one of the most photographed, reproduced and written about pieces of art, and also the most expensive, the heist sent shockwaves around the world and baffled many great detectives.

Cast & Crew

Director Paul Nelson
Executive Producer Andra Heritage
Producer Paul Nelson
Series Producer Guy Templeton