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August 21st Trivia!

Did you know that the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris, France on August 21, 1911?

As an Art History major in college, I knew about the famous art theft… (and how the painting is overrated — upon seeing it in person in 1997) but I didn’t find out the rest of the story until almost a month ago, when I attended and photographed a private film screening event in Washington DC. The film “The Missing Piece” is an independent documentary film, directed by Joe Medeiros and produced by his wife Justine. It is the kind of documentary that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and mixes suspense with drama, action and humor. Hands down, this was the most fascinating documentary I’ve seen in a long time. As an art educator, I can honestly say that this film can also be used in an educational setting and really drive the historical and artistic points home without boring “America’s tomorrow” to tears.

Joe Medeiros has been fascinated with the theft of the Mona Lisa for more than 30 years. After countless years of research in the United States and abroad, Medeiros stumbled upon the name of the suspected thief’s only daughter: Celestina Peruggia, who lived in the Northern Italian town of Dumenza (Lombardia). He and his crew were able to fly to Italy and interview Celestina while she was still living, as well as other members of her family. Their quest also led them to Paris (France), Florence (Italy) and other parts of the world where they met with experts on this extraordinary topic. Little by little, they found “the missing piece” behind the theft of the Mona Lisa.

Passatempo, LLC, led by Keith Gilbert, hosted the private film screening of “The Missing Piece” with the French Conversation Meetup on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Those lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to a private screening of this not-yet-released feature, followed by a Q&A with Joe Medeiros and a delicious reception in the courtyard (featuring pasta and limoncello tiramisu by Chef Vincenzo d’Artista). Guests and members from both groups were able to mingle and enjoy some amazing, authentic Italian food.

Right now, the Medeiros are looking to connect with the press, media outlets, Italian-American organizations and anyone who can help promote the film to the general public for an eventual release. If you are interested or simply want to stay updated, please check out the trailer, follow The Missing Piece on Twitter and *LIKE* them on Facebook. You can also join their mailing list here.

If you would like to acquire high-res images of these event photos, please contact me at


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