• Short Summary

    FRANCE IS SENDING HER MOST CELEBRATED PAINTING, THE MONA LISA, TO THE UNITED STATES FOR EXHIBITION.

  • Description

    FRANCE IS SENDING HER MOST CELEBRATED PAINTING, THE MONA LISA, TO THE UNITED STATES FOR EXHIBITION. LEONARDO DA VINCI'S 459-YEAR-OLD MASTERPIECE, ON SHOW IN THE LOUVRE MUSEUM SINCE NAPOLEON SENT IT THERE IN 1804, WILL BE SHIPPED TO AMERICA ABOARD THE LINER "FRANCE" ON THURSDAY.

    IT WILL BE DISPLAYED FOR THREE WEEKS IN WASHINGTON'S NATIONAL GALLERY WHERE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO KEEP THE PAINTING IN THE SAME TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY AS THOSE EXISTING IN THE LOUVRE.

    THE DECISION TO LEND THE PAINTING WAS TAKEN AT GOVERNMENT LEVEL AFTER A STORMY CONTROVERSY IN FRANCE ON WHETHER IT WAS SAFE TO MOVE THE PRICELESS ART TREASURE. IT HAD BEEN CLAIMED THAT THE WORK IS VULNERABLE TO CHANGES OF TEMPERATURE AND VIBRATION.

    SPECIAL SAFEGUARDS ARE BEING TAKEN BY OFFICIALS. THE PAINTING WILL BE ENCLOSED IN A PLASTIC CONTAINER WHICH WILL BE SO HERMETIC THAT EVEN IF THE LINER SINKS THE MONA LISA WILL COME TO NO HARM IN THE WATER. INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN DIVULGED SINCE THE PICTURE IS REGARDED AS OF INESTIMABLE VALUE.

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) EXPRESSED THE GRATITUDE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FRANCE AND PLEDGED THE PAINTING WOULD BE EXHIBITED IN THE U.S. WITH SPECIAL CARE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9DU3JU869DPMF8OJ81EXVTJ8F
    Media URN:
    VLVA9DU3JU869DPMF8OJ81EXVTJ8F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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