Almost everyone knows the Mona Lisa, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s best works. Millions of people
visit the Louvre(羅浮宮) for it every year. In fact, the painting was not that famous until it was lost in
1911. When Leonardo visited France in 1517, he brought the Mona Lisa with him and kept working on
it. After he died, the King of France bought the painting, and then it was shifted to the Louvre in 1797.
On August 21st,1911, a worker at the Louvre hid the painting in his coat and took it away. The museum
thought the painting was in another room and didn’t know they were in trouble until the next day. The
newspapers reported a lot on the theft. It was a big surprise to the world: someone could easily steal a
painting from the Louvre! The news soon caught people’s eye, and the painting became more and
more famous. After that, many people even went to the Louvre to see the blank place and the hooks for
the Mona Lisa.
After two years, the police finally caught the worker because he tried to sell the painting to a
museum in Italy. In his eyes, the Mona Lisa belonged to Italy. He stole it because he wanted to bring it
back to Italy. People in Italy treated him as a hero, and he only stayed in jail for a few months. Maybe
he was also a hero to the Mona Lisa because he made everyone get interested in it. Without him, the
painting might not be as popular as it is today
【題組】45. Why did the worker steal the Mona Lisa?
(A) He didn’t like the Louvre and wanted to get it into trouble.
(B) It was a really great work, and he wanted to sell it for money.
(C) He thought the painting belonged to Italy and wanted to bring it back.
(D) He loved the woman in the painting and wanted to keep it at home.