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RobBo
26-04-04, 18:16
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The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece of a mysterious woman with a slight smile, is deteriorating quickly, the Louvre Museum said Monday, announcing that an in-depth technical study was being conducted to determine why.

The thin, poplar wood panel on which the artwork is painted has become deformed since conservation experts last evaluated the condition of the painting, the Louvre said. The artwork is inspected every 1-2 years.

The Louvre said the condition of the Mona Lisa was causing "some worry" and that a new study has been launched, but one that will allow the painting to remain in the public eye.

"These analyses will take place in such a way as to allow the work to remain on public display," the Louvre said in a statement.

The study, to be conducted by the Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France, is to better determine what materials the painting is made of and evaluate its vulnerability to climate changes.

The most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa is seen by nearly every one of the millions of visitors who set foot in the Louvre, according to spokeswoman Veronique Petitjean.

"We have 6 million visitors," said Veronique Petitjean. "Everybody sees it."

Experts believe the Mona Lisa, also known in Italian as La Gioconda, was painted over a long period beginning about 1505.

The admiration that the painting has endured throughout the ages is attributed to a number of factors: fascination with da Vinci's genius and persona; the artwork's stunning realism and technique; the mystery of the Mona Lisa's true identity; and the twists and turns in its history.

In 1911, an Italian painter stole the painting from the Louvre to get it back into Italian hands. After a lengthy police inquiry, which involved a long list of suspects including French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, the painting surfaced in Italy two years after it disappeared.

The theft was splashed across newspaper front pages around the world, helping to raise the artwork's fame even further.

mr_croft79
26-04-04, 18:25
Thats not good!! :eek: !!
;)

TheEveningStar
26-04-04, 18:27
:( :( That is so sad about the painting. :( :(

laracroft8290
26-04-04, 19:00
What about the Moo-nalisa? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

http://aaron.tombraiderchronicles.com/forums/lc8290/moonalisa.jpg

Joe_16
26-04-04, 19:08
:( Damn, that not good.

TopCat.TopBeing
26-04-04, 19:08
hehehe http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

ELEN
26-04-04, 19:12
LOL Aaron!!! :D http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Celli
26-04-04, 22:01
A few of my friends were in Paris over Spring Break and actually got to see the Mona Lisa. I'm very jealous. lol

Nothing lasts forever, as we've been seeing a lot of restoration efforts more and more over the past few years.

TheEveningStar
26-04-04, 22:04
Originally posted by Celli:

Nothing lasts foreverTrue!

Geck-o-Lizard
26-04-04, 22:09
I want to see it before it dies! I've always wanted to go to the Louvre, just my luck the school skipped it when we went over to Paris several years ago. I was probably the only one interested in seeing it. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-1.gif

Well I hope it doesn't deteriorate too fast, 'tis a shame to lose such a piece of artwork :(

andromeda_eats
26-04-04, 22:23
I saw it when I was in Paris last year. Just beautiful, it really is. So is the rest of the Lourve. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Celli
26-04-04, 22:26
If I never see the Mona Lisa, I've at least seen the Rosetta Stone and Cleopatra.

mr_croft79
26-04-04, 22:41
Originally posted by Celli:
A few of my friends were in Paris over Spring Break and actually got to see the Mona Lisa. I'm very jealous. lol

Nothing lasts forever, as we've been seeing a lot of restoration efforts more and more over the past few years.A friend of mying from school went to Paris too and got to see the mona lisa!!
;)

bumb1ebee
27-04-04, 01:31
La Gioconda Does anyone know what this literally means in English?

TheEveningStar
27-04-04, 01:33
Originally posted by Geck-o-Lizard:
I want to see it before it dies! :D and also :(

RobBo
27-04-04, 13:48
Originally posted by Geck-o-Lizard:
I want to see it before it dies!Here y'are Geck!

http://a1259.g.akamai.net/f/1259/5586/1d/images.art.com/images/PRODUCTS/large/10019000/10019527.jpg

Draco
29-04-04, 02:57
Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> La Gioconda Does anyone know what this literally means in English?</font>[/QUOTE]Do you?

bumb1ebee
29-04-04, 03:15
Originally posted by Draco:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> La Gioconda Does anyone know what this literally means in English?</font>[/QUOTE]Do you?</font>[/QUOTE]Nope

Draco
29-04-04, 05:35
Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Draco:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by bumb1ebee:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr /> La Gioconda Does anyone know what this literally means in English?</font>[/QUOTE]Do you?</font>[/QUOTE]Nope</font>[/QUOTE]Me neither