Stolen 16th-century armor returned to Louvre decades after theft

Two pieces of 16th-century armor have been returned to the Louvre museum in Paris almost 40 years after they were stolen.

The Renaissance-era helmet and body armor were made in Milan and encrusted in gold and silver.

Baroness Salomon de Rothschild gave the armor to the French state in 1922. The pieces were on display in the Louvre when they were stolen in 1983.

The armor has now been recovered thanks to the work of investigators.

Such thefts are rare, but not unheard of. One of the museum’s most famous works was stolen more than 100 years ago.

Before the 20th century, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” wasn’t especially well-known outside art circles. But in 1911, a former employee of the Louvre pilfered the portrait and hid it for two years.

Public fascination with the theft helped cement the painting’s place in popular culture ever since.

The “Mona Lisa” is one of the star attractions at the world’s most-visited museum.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/stolen-armor-returned-louvre-scli-intl/index.html

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