Vincenzo Peruggia

Birthday
8, 1881
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Oct 8, 1925 (44)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
8, 1881
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Oct 8, 1925 (44)

About

Italian criminal who committed one of the most notorious art thefts ever when he stole the world-famous painting the Mona Lisa from The Louvre in August 1911. He was sentenced to one year and seventeen days in prison but ultimately served just seven months for his crime.

Before Fame

He worked as a handyman and served a short jail sentence for attempted robbery in 1908.

Trivia

He was caught after he attempted to sell the Mona Lisa to art gallery owner Alfredo Geri, who reported him to the police.

Family Life

His grandson, Silvio Peruggia, was featured in the 2012 documentary Mona Lisa is Missing.

Associated With

He was portrayed by Vito Scotti in a 1956 episode of the TV show You Are There titled "The Recovery of Mona Lisa."