Do you miss the title? Not at all, right? There had to be an Argentinian involved in the robbery of “La Gioconda.” It was in 1911 and is a charming reflection of the “Creole vividness”.Reader, I have to warn you before you go: little of this is recorded somewhere.
It seems that Eduardo de Valfierno, one of so many bon-vivants from the early 20th century, squandered the fortune kneaded by the father . Typical of the Argentine Belle époque . Based in Paris, making endless journeys and living with all the luxuries did not repair that fortune was not eternal until the accounts exceeded what was in the bank. At the time of paying our compatriot realized that he had to be a millionaire again , but, like so many Argentines today, he didn't want to work .
The master plan
Worthy exponent of the " Creole vividness " (it should be called “Creole evil” ), the guy pergined an incredible plan . First, Yves Chadrau was hired, a forger who looks like he was a genius. He kept him in a country house until he got six exact copies of the Mona Lisa. By the way, I tell you that the painting is called " Portrait of Lisa Gheradini " ( hence " La Mona Lisa " ) and that Lisa was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo (hence " La Gioconda “). Virtuoso Chadrau spent just over a year to complete the paintings, Valfierno was patient and knew that time would more than reward them. Once the fakes were ready, he dispatched them all to America.
Meanwhile, he devoted himself to the second part of his plan: to seek an accomplice to get the real Gioconda from the Louvre. In a canteen he found Vicenzo Peruggia. Tano . (Could it be of another nationality? ) that Oh, coincidence! he worked at the museum. Poor Peruggia had come from his native Italy in search of a better life, with his trade as a carpenter to cost as only luggage, luck smiles at him and hire him for temporary work in the Louvre. They don't pay him much, but he's enough to live. Happy with his austere existence he crosses with Valfierno (who was called Marqués Valfierno at this point) who convinces him to commit the wrongdoing. He promises him money, more than he's seen in his life.
The thing is that the tano is trying to “La gioconda” and hides it in his house. It's okay that in 1911 people were much more confident, honorable and decent. But the Louvre security measures were crap . There were no alarms or security cameras, because they did not exist, but neither did the slightest surveillance on those who came in and out, or a record of those who could manipulate the works of art. From that robbery (I don't know how they never made a film, because it's a story worthy of being immortalized in cinema), the French reinforced the safety of the museum.
The genius argenta
Valfierno never contacted Peruggia again. He left him in band . That's why Peruggia had two years old the canuted painting. Until he tried to sell it to an antique dealer who didn't hesitate for a second to report it. He was only in prison for seven months. He claimed that he had stolen it to return it to his country where it belonged, so the Italians took it as a hero who wanted to return treasure to his homeland.
From Valfierno not a word, the guy turned to America, where the fakes were kept before the afano, and sold them. Looks like a Brazilian collector and five Americans. He made his fortune again and lived it until he died .
This wonderful story was told to an American journalist, on condition that he published it post-mortem. We will never know if it was true, or if the robbery was just a Peruggia job that the fallen millionaire disgraced for his shady business. The story is as suspicious as the title of Marquis held by Valfierno. And that's how beautiful it is .
Su larga y exitosa trayectoria como creativo publicitario le dio un conocimiento muy profundo acerca de las conductas y motivaciones de la gente, base de su tarea como Secretario de Redacción de Ser Argentino.