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stolen mona

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The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911. Right off the wall. Some guy named Vincenzo Peruggia hid it in a closet, then walked off with it under his smock. Two years later, he wrote a letter to the director of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery saying he had the painting. He signed the letter “Leonardo.” He didn’t want France to be celebrated for housing an Italian work.

I guess I feel that way about clothes I can’t afford, but you can’t just go around stealing the things you want, Vinny! Look at Winona (don’t worry, girl, Wino Forever).

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hova lisa

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This is fierce. Like Bey as the Super Bowl Halftime Show fierce. Or should I say I Louvre this?!

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mary cassatt at the louvre

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This work is currently on display at the Degas / Cassatt exhibition at the National Gallery (I’m giving it one of those “Must Go!” Fandango ratings).

He studied the heck out of Cassatt’s pose for a variety of prints and sketches. ¬†Degas made 20 known versions, the second largest number of studies by the artist for a work.

Degas wrote, “Her slender…figure, neatly tailored, and her crisply furled umbrella all convey to us something of Mary Cassatt’s tense, energetic character.” In other words, 19th-century ice queen. Love it, Mary!

Henry P. McIlhenny owned and donated the sketch to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Andy Warhol¬†once said McIlhenny was “the only person in Philadelphia with glamour.”

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