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The Monna Lisa Art Collection is a collection created in collaboration with the American artist Denis Ouch exclusively for THE FRAME HOTEL as a place where the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci was found after having been stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911 by Vincenzo Peruggia, a painter from Como. It was in fact in December 1913 that at the then Albergo Tripoli Italia (today THE FRAME HOTEL), he lodged in the room n. 20, Vincenzo Peruggia, author in 1911 of the daring theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum.
It was in this same room that Mr. Peruggia, using the pseudonym of Leonard, met with the Florentine antiquarian Alfredo Geri and Professor Poggi, director of the Uffizi Gallery, trying to resell the famous Mona Lisa, long jealously preserved in a box hidden in that room under his bed. Recognized by the Uffizi Restoration Office the authenticity of the work, the then Quaestor of Florence Comm Tarantelli, went personally to the Hotel Tripoli Italy to proceed with the arrest of Peruggia, who was sentenced to one year and fifteen days in prison, in spite of the Florentine public opinion that saw in the action of Peruggia a patriotic act, which finally brought home the famous work of Leonardo. On that occasion as many as 30,000 Florentines, on the morning of December 14 alone, had the opportunity to see, paying a lira each, Leonardo’s masterpiece temporarily exhibited at the Uffizi Museum, before his final return to France and after his short Italian stay at the Hotel Tripoli Italia today THE FRAME HOTEL.