History, traditions

Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" is dying

The overall condition of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece “Mona Lisa” (“La Giaconda”), which is currently in Louvre, is worsening.

Museum spokesmen have made an official announcement Monday, promising to investigate all possible causes of the occurrence.

According to the latest analysis conducted by the research and restoration Center of the museums of France, the thin poplar board that bears the stunning image is in miserable condition and has even been slightly deformed.

Nowadays, specialists claim that the overall condition of the painting of a woman with mysterious smile, makes them feel “somewhat nervous.” A new investigative research is on the way.

Experts will have to find out what exact materials the painting is comprised of and determine how those substances react to temperature fluctuations. They will also have to determine the exact measures that should be taken in order to preserve such timeless beauty. “Mona Lisa” will be exhibited in Louvre, France, in the course of the entire testing period, informs Local6.

“Mona Lisa” was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503. While no one can claim for certain, it is considered that the painting depicts the face of Lisa Gerardini, wife of a Florentine merchant Francesco del Giaconda. According to another version, the artist depicted Senora Brandano, Juliano Medici’s lover. After da Vinci's death, the painting has come into possession of a French king Francisco I and has become part of the France's national collection.