"Hurry up to visit Mona Lisa!" Top 5 Page for this destination Louvre Tip by breughel

Louvre, Paris: 796 reviews and 1,585 photos

A year ago I wrote here about Mona Lisa:
"I read that the Joconde would need a restoration; the wooden panel bends. But who in France will dare to make the decision to remove Mona Lisa from the Louvre for a restoration? By her attraction on the world tourism, Mona Lisa represents an important part of the GNP of France!"

I just read in Le Figaro of 6/02/2008 that French scientists from the University of Poitiers (Laboratoire de mécaniques des solides) confirmed that the panel made of poplar wood bends.
The curve between the upper and lower part of the painting has reached 12 mm.
On the lower part of the panel they observed zones with strong stress bending what could lead to cracking.

Address: 99 rue de Rivoli, Paris, France, 75058
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2008
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