In August 1939, Louvre curators carefully removed the Mona Lisa from the wall.
They packed the 500-year-old painted panel into a specially designed, velvet-lined case and then nailed it shut inside a wooden crate.
As the Nazis bore down on Paris, Louvre staff packed up and spirited away the Mona Lisa and some 3,600 other priceless works of art into the French countryside. It was the biggest museum evacuation in history and surely one of the most amazing adventures of World War II.
But the famous lady’s story began some five centuries earlier, when Leonardo da Vinci himself spirited her portrait away from Florence and its patron.
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