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Italian town honors Mona Lisa thief as ‘patriot’
《蒙娜麗莎》遭竊百年 盜賊竟成「愛國者」

In a file photo taken in 2005, workers hang Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in the renovated 19th century Salle des Etats in Paris’ Louvre museum.
這張二OO五年攝於巴黎羅浮宮的資料照片,是館內員工正將李奧納多‧達文西的《蒙娜麗莎》掛在羅浮宮整修後的十九世紀萬國大廳的牆上。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

The native town of an Italian laborer who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris 100 years ago on Aug. 21 in the art world’s most famous heist will honor him with a play that portrays him as a patriot.

“We believe Peruggia was a patriot,” said Simone Toffanin, director of the play entitled The Trial of Vincenzo Peruggia — part of a summer theater festival in the town of Dumenza north of Milan near the shores of picturesque Lago Maggiore.

Recounting the famous house painter’s story, the official website for Dumenza uses quotation marks around the word “thief” to describe Peruggia. Instead of the word “stolen,” the website also says the painting was “withdrawn” from the Louvre.

But Dumenza’s mayor Corrado Nazario Moro said he did not want Peruggia to become some kind of local hero if only to safeguard his town’s reputation. “We do not want to become known as the birthplace of the Mona Lisa thief,” he said.

The Mona Lisa went missing from the main gallery of the Louvre on Aug. 21, 1911.

It was recovered more than two years later when Peruggia tried to sell the painting to an antiques dealer in Florence in December 1913. He was tried in Italy but received a relatively light sentence and said he had acted purely out of patriotism.

(AFP)

一百年前的八月二十一日,一名義大利籍的勞工從巴黎羅浮宮,盜走名作《蒙娜麗莎》,讓此案成為世界藝壇上最廣為人知的竊盜案。而這名盜賊在義大利的家鄉,竟以一齣將他刻劃成愛國者的戲劇,以表對他的敬意。

這齣名為《審判溫琴佐‧佩魯賈》的編劇西蒙‧托發寧表示:「我們相信佩魯賈曾是位愛國者。」米蘭北部靠近景色優美的瑪嬌蕾湖附近的杜曼薩鎮,正舉辦夏日戲劇節,而這齣劇是該戲劇節的節目之一。

在回顧著名油漆工的竊盜故事,杜曼薩的官方網站將佩魯賈原先的頭銜「竊賊」加上引號。並且網站也以畫作從羅浮宮被「取走」一詞,取代「盜走」。

但是杜曼薩鎮長柯拉多‧納札里歐‧莫羅說,他並非想要佩魯賈變成某種地方英雄,以捍衛該鎮的名聲。他說:「我們不要因為居住在盜走《蒙娜麗莎》竊賊的故鄉而聞名。」

《蒙娜麗莎》一九一一年八月二十一日從羅浮宮的主展覽廳中不翼而飛。

直到佩魯賈一九一三年十二月於佛羅倫斯,試圖將畫作賣給一位古董商時,才尋獲該幅名畫。他在義大利接受審判,但是只被輕判,並且辯稱自己偷畫是出於愛國心。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. heist n.

竊盜 (qie4 dao4)

例: The largest cash heist in the US occurred in California in 1997.

(美國最大的現金竊盜案發生於一九九七年的加州。)

2. portray v.

刻劃 (ke4 hua4)

例: The author portrays the mother as a pillar of the community.

(作者將這位母親刻劃成社區的中流砥柱。)

3. picturesque adj.

景色優美的 (jing3 se4 you1 mei3 de5)

例: The ocean and mountain landscapes of eastern Taiwan are very picturesque.

(東台灣的海洋與山岳景觀非常優美。)


(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

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