Raid on the Museum (Mona Lisa) (for The Christian Science Monitor)
Emil Weiss (American (born Moravia), Olomouc 1896–1965 New York)
Pen and ink
Sheet: 14 × 11 7/16 in. (35.6 × 29.1 cm)
Gift of Emil Weiss, 1963
Not on view
This is one of a group of designs for cartoons published in the Chrisitan Science Monitor that relate to the exhibition of the Mona Lisa at the Metropolitan Museum between February 7 and March 4, 1963. The famous painting was lent to the United States by the government of the French Republic, arriving in January at the National Gallery, Washington DC. Record-breaking crowds greeted it in New York, with visitors willing to wait in line for hours along Fifth Avenue. Here, an enormous crowd surges up the steps to the museum with cars visible in the foreground.
Signature: in ink lower right: "EWeiss / 63"
Inscription: Below image left in graphite: "Raid on the Museum (Mona Lisa)
Emil Weiss (American (born Moravia), Olomouc 1896–1965 New York); Donor: Emil Weiss (American (born Moravia), Olomouc 1896–1965 New York)