Lunatics Behaving Badly In Italy

Okay, firstly it isn't just Italy that has lunatic behavior, it is a universal theme. But I have unearthed, during my research, some simply bizarre acts of madness carried out on famous pieces of artwork in Italy. So here is a list of what I have discovered...

On the 21st of August, 1911 Leonardo Da Vinci's painting, Mona Lisa, vanished from off the wall of the Louvre in France. Two years later, on the 29th of November 1913, a Leonard Vincenzo (aka Vincenzo Peruggia) contacted wealthy Florence arts dealer, Alfredo Geri, to inquire if he was interested in purchasing the painting. Armed with the director of Forence's Ufflizi Gallery, Geri agreed to meet this crackpot, only to discover he actually did have the painting. The Mona Lisa was eventually returned to the Louve in 1913, after doing a short tour of Italy. But wait there is more,in 1956 the Mona Lisa was subjected to more loon behavior, firstly the lower part of the painting was severely damaged when someone doused it with acid, then on December 30, Ugo Ungaza Villegas, a young Bolivian, decided to throw a rock at it. This resulted in the loss of a speck of pigment near the left elbow, which was later painted over.So thanks to Vincenzo and the other misfits, the Mona Lisa is now behind bulletproof security glass.  

In 1972 Michaelangelo's Pieta, was attacked by a lunatic wielding an sledge hammer. Thanks to him the Pieta is now walled off by glass.

In 1991 the statue of David was attacked by a frustrated artist, Piero Cannata, with a hammer. Damage was done to the toes of the left foot. Thanks to him the statue of David is now walled off by plexiglass.

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