Leonardo da Vinci worked on the Mona Lisa for years, hardly leaving the painting’s side. It was only from his deathbed that he gave the painting to his friend Francois I (King of France from 1515 to 1547).
The king hung Mona Lisa in his royal bath alongside an array of other paintings. He had so many paintings in his private quarters that the area has been compared to a semi-public art gallery.
When King Louis XIV moved the court to Versailles he took the painting with him. Upon ascending to the throne in 1715 Louis XV ordered the painting removed from the palace, as he hated it. During the French Revolution it was hidden in a warehouse, eventually making its way to the Louvre, (which had opened in 1793) for protection.
When Napoleon Bonaparte came to power in the early 1800s he began seizing treasure with abandon, collecting pieces like the great horses of Saint Mark’s Basilica, as well as da Vinci’s esteemed masterpiece; Bonaparte removed the painting from the Louvre and placed it in his own bedroom.
Bonaparte considered himself to be a great connoisseur of the arts. He even went so far as to temporarily rename the Louvre Museum after himself as a credit to his war-accumulated arts collection.
Following Bonaparte’s fall in 1814, more than 5,000 pieces of his “acquired” art were returned to their owners. The Mona Lisa was returned to her rightful place in the Louvre, where she remains for all to enjoy to this day.
We've got your new favorite seasonal dessert, right here. The creamy whipped frosting and the sweet apple pie filling make this Apple Cinnamon Poke Cake an absolute delight! It's an easy poke cake recipe that everyone will love. We're happy to say that all flavors of the season are captured here, making this our most delicious poke cake yet.
- 1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling
- 1 (15.25-ounce) package white cake mix, batter prepared according to package directions
- 1 1/2 cups apple jelly
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed