On March 1, Nissen confirmed that she would like to organize a tour in order to combat “cultural segregation”. She then met with Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez. Which, according to The Art Newspaper, citing sources in the museum, said that “Mona Lisa” is one of those works that can no longer be moved because of their fragility.
“It can cause irreversible damage,” he told the minister.
Left: French Culture Minister Francoise Nissen. Photo: L'Opinion
Every year, the repository is opened for ritual examination by the director, staff and scientists from a long list of applicants. “Every time we notice that the crack gets a little wider. So, traveling is really out of the question, ”said Vincent Pomared, who headed the painting department of the Louvre from 2003 to 2014.Mona Lisa (Gioconda) Leonardo da Vinci1500s, 77 × 53 cmRead also: Mona Lisa’s smile is deciphered - scientists say she’s happy realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more on Lisa Gerardini for temporary exhibitions. This, in turn, will open the door for borrowing other equally fragile treasures. There are those who say that jostling among the huge number of visitors trying to see the picture is the worst way to get to know the Italian Renaissance. “The Louvre has already become a victim of Mona Lisa,” said former French Culture Minister Jean-Jacques Ayagon. “It is absurd to encourage such cultural consumption.”A crowd of visitors to the Louvre in front of the "Mona Lisa". Photo: Guia Besana / The New York Times The French Ministry of Culture first claimed that the Louvre "was not against the idea." Now it is said that the proposal is “still under consideration” and “a technical survey has begun” - which the museum staff do not know about, the Art Newspaper notes. The publication believes that Françoise Nissen is clearly looking for a way out of an unsuccessful publicity stunt and suggests sending other masterpieces on a trip to France. Art: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
Based on The Art Newspaper. Main illustration: Jeff Koons's New York Old Masters Collections ad for Louis Vuitton; photo - Timothy A. Clary / AFP