|Guillaume Appollinare, 1914|
Police apparently were informed of Apollinare's identity. They arrested him and charged him with harboring a criminal thought to be connected with the Mona Lisa theft. But after four days of interrogation, they released the reputable gallery owner. Picasso's name was never mentioned. He continued to live in France for the rest of his life, his involvement in the nasty little affair not revealed until some thirty years later. Likewise, it turned out that Gery-Pieret had nothing whatsoever to do with the theft of the Mona Lisa. The immortal queen of the Louvre was successfully freed from captivity two years later in Milan, Italy. The thief had stolen the painting by simply removing it from its frame, tucking the priceless canvas under his painter's smock, and walking out of the museum unnoticed.