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Louis Beroud
French, 1852–1930

The Enigmatic Disappearance of the Mona Lisa: A Painter’s Witness

On a seemingly ordinary day, August 22, 1911, Louis Béroud, a French painter known for his depictions of museum interiors and bustling Parisian scenes, walked into the Louvre with the intention of sketching the Mona Lisa. To his astonishment, he found an empty space on the wall, marked only by four iron pegs—a sight that would puzzle and alarm the art world for years to come.

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