Cultural policy

Non! Mona Lisa ne voyage pas

Staying put

The French have given a defiant thumbs down to the Italians who'd like to borrow none other than Leonardo's Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. Silvano Vincenti, chairman of Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage, hoped to secure the famous, pack-em-in portrait for an exhibition in Italy in 2013. Vincent Pomarède, chief curator of paintings at the Louvre, told Agence France Presse that no formal request had been made but stressed that the 16th-century painting of the dour seated lady was too fragile to travel, pointing out that La Joconde has not left French shores since 1974....

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