• Short Summary

    The Mona Lisa --- the priceless lady with the enigmatic smile -- has gone on show in Tokyo under heavy armed guard and the watchful eyes of the French authorities.

  • Description

    The Mona Lisa --- the priceless lady with the enigmatic smile -- has gone on show in Tokyo under heavy armed guard and the watchful eyes of the French authorities.

    It is only the second time the painting has been taken abroad from its home at the Louvre since Leonardo da Vinci took it to France more then 450 years ago. The first showing abroad was in the United States in 1963.

    A massive security operation was put in force long before the painting arrived in Tokyo and was installed in the Museum on Wednesday (17 April). The French withheld the date of the painting's departure from Paris, and the route from Tokyo's Haneda airport to the Museum was not disclosed.

    The Mona Lisa -- enclosed in a triple glass container which is bullet and heat proof -- is guarded by 30 policemen and 10 plainclothes officers, as well as 20 Museum guards. An undisclosed number of guards will patrol the Museum grounds.

    The masterpiece has been insured by Japan, but no one is prepared to give the exact amount.

    Although the public will have to wait until Saturday (20 April) to see the Mona Lisa, a special opening ceremony attended by 400 invited guests will be held the previous day, hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

    The Mons Lisa has also been brought into the fight against inflation. One poster shows a sour-looking Mona Lisa carrying a shopping bag full of high-priced groceries.

    The exhibition closes on 10 June.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABN3FI5FHYWT3L6TO3SPG0O6WG
    Media URN:
    VLVABN3FI5FHYWT3L6TO3SPG0O6WG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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