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September 27, 2006 | From Reuters
The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, is in fragile condition but should not suffer too much damage if taken care of properly, experts who studied the painting closely said Tuesday. Scientists from Canada's National Research Council used special three-dimensional technology to examine both sides of the masterpiece, which was painted at some stage between 1503 and 1506 and now sits in the Louvre museum in Paris.
September 22, 2006 | Lynne Heffley
More than 30 works from the venerable Musee du Louvre -- including two of the Paris institution's masterpieces, Raphael's "Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione" and Nicolas Poussin's "Et in Arcadia Ego" -- can be seen Oct. 14 through Sept. 7, 2007, at the High Museum of Atlanta. The long-term loan launches a partnership, announced earlier this year, that will bring hundreds of works owned by the Louvre to the High in return for an undisclosed sum.
May 14, 2006 | Susan Spano
EIGHTY percent of Louvre visitors say their objective is to see the "Mona Lisa," or "La Joconde" ("the smiling one" in French). No one knows why she smiles or for certain who she is, though she is generally thought to be a Florentine noblewoman. Leonardo da Vinci worked on the painting from 1503 to 1506 but never considered it finished. He took it with him to France where he lived at the end of his life at the behest of Francis I, in whose arms he is said to have died.
May 14, 2006 | Geraldine Baum, Special to The Times
THE director of the most famous museum in the world still hasn't read the famous novel du jour. Henri Loyrette has little interest in "The Da Vinci Code" even though some of the record 7.5 million visitors to the Louvre Museum last year came in no small part because of its role in the book. This week's opening of the movie based on Dan Brown's thriller should only increase the fervor to loiter in the Grand Gallery, where fictional curator Jacques Sauniere takes a bullet.
January 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
The Louvre Museum in Paris had a record number of visitors in 2005, with successful soirees for young people, crowd-pleasing exhibitions and promotion from Dan Brown's hugely successful novel, "The Da Vinci Code." About 7.3 million people visited the art museum in 2005, up from its previous record of 6.7 million in 2004, general administrator Didier Selles said in an interview Tuesday.
July 27, 2005 | From Bloomberg
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is donating about $20 million toward the building of an Islamic art wing at the Louvre, the largest-ever gift to the museum in what Alwaleed described as "an investment" to better explain the Islamic world to Europeans. The gift accounts for nearly one-third of the $66 million the Louvre plans to spend on its new Islamic art galleries, to open in 2009. The rest of the funding is coming from the French government and several French corporations.
April 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
The world's most enigmatic smile was getting a change of scene Monday as the Louvre shifted Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" to a renovated larger section of the museum. The 500-year-old painting's new home in Paris is the Salle des Etats, which has undergone a four-year, $6.1-million makeover designed by Peruvian architect Lorenzo Piqueras.
January 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
Scenes for the film adaptation of the bestselling novel "The Da Vinci Code" can, in principle, be shot in the Louvre, but details must still be worked out, the director of the famed museum said Friday. "There is really a very strong desire to see the movie for this book, which has world renown, shot in the Louvre," Henri Loyrette told France-Inter radio. "It is a yes in principle from our side."
December 12, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic
It isn't about art; it's about money. And the Louvre -- the be-all, end-all repository of art in Paris -- is merely the latest in a parade of museums to raise funds by renting part of its collection to a cash-rich, art-poor institution.
December 1, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Louvre is just too full of art, and relief is now on the way. The French government has announced plans to build the Louvre II, an offshoot of the famed Paris museum, in northern France as a home for much of its art now sitting in storage. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said that Lens, in a region hurt by the loss of many industrial sector jobs, won the six-city contest to house the art. The 236,808-square-foot museum will cost about $139 million to build.
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