Many writers have chronicled the exciting and infamous story of how Vincenzo Peruggia stole the “Mona Lisa” in 1911. (This Smithsonian piece is particularly vivid.) But why did Peruggia target the “Mona Lisa” in the first place? The answer might lie with a critic named Walter Pater (1839–1894).
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