Did Picasso steal The Mona Lisa? Picasso Gang by Colomo. Review

Did Picasso steal The Mona Lisa? Picasso Gang by Colomo. Review
Isabel del Rio

Did Picasso steal The Mona Lisa? See the 2012 movie Picasso Gang (La Banda Picasso) by Fernando Colomo. A different interesting film!


Mona Lisa

In 1911, strange news appeared in France newspapers. Someone, maybe an international gang of thieves, had stolen one of the most important paintings of the history: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci at The Louvre Museum in Paris.

That was a great shock. Above all, because other pieces (Iberian sculptures) had been already stolen. What did it happened with the Louvre? How about its security?

Government, police, staff of the museum… Everyone wanted to find a scapegoat to blame quickly.

Two young foreign artists were in Paris at that time: the Russian author Apollinaire and the Spanish painter Picasso. They were arrested as prime suspects.

In 2012, the Spanish filmmaker Fernando Colomo made a movie based on this true story. He has investigated data published in the newspapers of the time and other documents. Although Picasso family has said (the movie states it from the beginning) the script is a fiction.

It’s a funny friendly movie, with good pace and photography starring by two beautiful actresses: Louise Monot as Marie Laurencin (Apollinaire girlfriend) and Raphaëlle Agogué as Fernande Olivier (Picasso girlfriend) and two good actors: Ignacio Mateos as Pablo Picasso and Pierre Bénézit as Guillaume Apollinaire. Also, Stanley Weber as George Braque and Alexis Michalik as Barón (the culprit for all the trouble) play important roles.

The movie finishes explaining that two years later of these happenings, The Mona Lisa appeared in Italy. A crazy employer of The Louvre wanted to return the painting to its true home!

Of course, I knew these happenings and I knew the ambition of the artists to be better than their predecessors. I have always had a question: if The Mona Lisa, which is currently exhibited in The Louvre, had been painted by Picasso, wouldn’t he be happy? It’s a great honor for a young artist to deceive audiences painting as the old masters and Picasso knew the ancient techniques… But, well, of course, this would be another film and legends are legends. What do you think?

Have a nice day, Yareah friends.


La Banda Picasso (Picasso gang) by Fernando Colomo

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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