- Title: Mona Lisa takes back its corner of the Louvre after renovation
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 7, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI'S "MONA LISA", WHICH HAD JUST BEEN PLACED BACK IN ITS ORIGINAL ROOM IN LOUVRE MUSEUM TOURISTS TAKING PHOTOS MONA LISA SEEN ON PHONE TOURISTS IN ROOM WHERE MONA LISA AND OTHER RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS ARE DISPLAYED TOURIST HAVING HIS PHOTO TAKEN IN FRONT OF MONA LISA TOURISTS IN FRONT OF MONA LISA (SOUNDBITE) (French) ART HISTORIAN SPECIALISING IN 16TH CENTURY ITALIAN PAINTING AND HERITAGE CURATOR AT LOUVRE MUSEUM, VINCENT DELIEUVIN, SAYING: "We also took the opportunity to change the glass, to protect the Mona Lisa, which had been there for 15 years. And in fact, the technology has significantly improved. Today, the Mona Lisa benefits from an extremely transparent glass, which really gives an impression of being very close to the painting." HAND POINTING AT MONA LISA VARIOUS OF ROOM WHERE MONA LISA AND OTHER RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS ARE DISPLAYED (SOUNDBITE) (French) ART HISTORIAN SPECIALISING IN 16TH CENTURY ITALIAN PAINTING AND HERITAGE CURATOR AT LOUVRE MUSEUM, VINCENT DELIEUVIN, SAYING: "Handling the Mona Lisa is very exceptional and is done in very strict conditions, under conditions of security and care. So, there is nothing to worry about, everything was perfectly controlled. And there was no problem in re-installing the painting after making very precise checks on its conditions to see that nothing had changed. There was absolutely no problem, and so the Mona Lisa has taken back its place, in its full form." MONA LISA PAINTING TOURIST TAKING A SELFIE IN FRONT OF IT TOURIST'S IMAGE ON SCREEN
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 10:40
- Keywords: Louvre Mona Lisa Da Vinci Renaissance exhibition
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001B08LPI1
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The "Mona Lisa" returned to its original room on Monday (October 7) at the Louvre Museum after two months of renovations in the hall where other Renaissance paintings are displayed.
On July 16, officials had moved the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece, known in Italian as "La Gioconda", to another gallery, causing tourists to flock around it and take their time snapping photos. It led to a severe visitor jam, forcing the museum to prioritise those who had bought tickets online.
The portrait, considered by many as the world's most famous artwork, was likely painted in Florence between 1503 and 1506, and believed to be modelled after Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo.
The Mona Lisa will also be highlighted, as the Louvre Museum prepares to open a grand exhibition later in October to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci's death. The painting will remain in its spot, however, and will not be part of the special exhibition.
(Production: Martin Esposito, Michaela Cabrera)
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