Before reading the passage, think about the questions.
1. Who is the painter of "the Mona Lisa", the world famous painting?
A. Vincent van Gogh.
B. Leonardo da Vinci.
C. Claude Monet.
D. Frans Hals.
2. Where did the painter of "the Mona Lisa" come from?
Now read the passage and check your answers.
The Crime of the Century
1 On Tuesday August 11th, 1911, a young artist, Louis Beraud, arrived at the Louvre in Paris to complete a painting of the Salon1 Carre. This was the room where the world's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, was on display. To his surprise there was an empty space where the painting should have been. At 11 o'clock the museum authorities realized that the painting had been stolen. The next day headlines all over the world announced the theft.
2 Actually the Leonardo had been gone for more than twenty-four hours before anyone noticed it was missing. The museum was always closed on Mondays for maintenance. Just before closing time on Sunday three men had entered the museum, where they had hidden themselves in a storeroom. The actual theft was quick and simple. Early the next morning Perrugia removed the painting from the wall while the others kept watch. Then they went out a back exit.
3 Nothing was seen or heard of the painting for two years when Perrugia tried to sell it to a dealer2 for half a mil