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By Teresa Saunders — Educational Consultant and Writer

Downloadable poster offering a fictional newspaper report on the recovery, in December 1913, of the famous Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre in Paris.

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Background information

This poster is a fictional newspaper report on the recovery, in December 1913, of the famous Mona Lisa, stolen from the Louvre in Paris two years earlier. The text is best used with children who understand that newspaper stories relate to current affairs and who can recognise the main layout features and their purpose.

Shared teaching and learning

Before reading

  • What do the children know about Leonardo da Vinci? What else did he do apart from painting? (Inventor, mathematician, devised ‘mirror writing’.)
  • Hide the text and just show the Mona Lisa portrait. Discuss her facial expression. Is it hard to interpret her mood? Why?
  • Draw attention to the date. Work out how long ago this theft/recovery took place (almost 100 years ago; 400 years after da Vinci finished the painting).
  • Explain that the Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world. There is even a romantic popular song about the sitter (sung by Nat King Cole).
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