Artist Olga Shirnina’s colorization of vintage photos breathes life into the legend of the infamous spy (who may have been falsely accused)

In the early morning hours of October 15, 1917, the woman known all over the world as Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, having been tried and convicted of espionage. There is much speculation among scholars as to whether or not she was guilty. Here, accompanied by vintage photos beautifully colorized by Russian artist Olga Shirnia, is her story.


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