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Nobody is going anywhere. The Louvre refuses to send Mona Lisa on tour

The proposal of the Minister of Culture of France Francoise Nissen to send the most famous painting on the planet "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci to the "grand tour" spread throughout the world. However, the Louvre politely rejected this managerial project, explaining that the panel is not suitable for travel. It will not even be transferred to the lower floor, where next year a large retrospective of the Renaissance master will be located. The work “Savior of the World”, sold in November 2017 for $ 450 million, should be the “invited star” of this exhibition.For the first time, Nissen discussed the idea of ​​traveling the world cultural icon during her meeting with media representatives on January 23. The mayor of Lance, where the Louvre Lance Museum (also known as the Louvre II) is located, immediately declared that it would be a great honor for this “northern city” to host the “Gioconda”.

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

For the last time, portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people actually existing. 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 Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin.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 brush da Vinci traveled to Japan in 1974. Twelve years earlier, he left the Louvre for display in Washington and New York - at the request of French President Charles de Gaulle, who wanted to win over his American counterpart John F. Kennedy. However, since 2005, work has been hanging in the Louvre on a concrete wall inside a temperature-controlled sealed box and behind bullet-proof glass. Experts say that it is impossible to construct such a “mobile” travel box. Read also: “Nude Gioconda” was painted by da Vinci himself, according to experts of the LouvreThe last voyage: “Dzhokonda” pack before leaving for Tokyo on April 15, 1974. Photo: Musée du LouvreAlso, there is a crack in the upper part of the poplar panel that reaches almost to the hair of the model. In 2006, a thorough study revealed the risk of “degradation of the paint layer due to the repeated expansion and contraction” of the board, which may happen due to temperature changes. Scientists fear that the crack may cause paint to peel off on the face of Mona Lisa.
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