Louvre Museum Tentatively Rejects Loaning Mona Lisa for Grand Tour

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The French cultural ministry had proposed a plan to send artworks out of Paris as part of the Grand Tour. As part of that proposed tour initiated by the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, Louvre Museum was supposed to loan out the masterpiece painting of Leonardo Da Vinci for 3 months. However, following an audited loss in revenue due to an estimated decline in the number of visitors to Musée du Louvre, the proposal is tentatively declined. More reports are yet to come on this for confirmation, but Nyssen’s proposal of loaning out Mona Lisa out of Paris is set to face a roadblock.

The Minister of Culture of France first announced back in January that she was considering that as part of Grand tour to tap cultural segregation. However, the director of Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, told Françoise Nyssen in a recent meeting that the loan might not be possible due to probable loss in footfalls.

The Musée du Louvre has in store plenty of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpieces including Mona Lisa and Salvator Mundi painting, two of his oeuvre that invites peering crowds into the museum. Millions of people peer into the most visited museum in Paris each year to see Mona Lisa and Vincent de Milo sculpture in Denon Wing. Those two are the two most photographed works of art in the Louvre, so it is understandable why the National Museum would do everything it can to keep intact the oil canvas painting of La Gioconda by the world-famous Italian Renaissance painter.

This news of Mona Lisa staying back in Louvre augurs well for those on a bilingual Louvre guided tour. Since mid-2000’s, the painting has been hanging on the walls of Louvre inside a temperature-controlled box behind a bulletproof glass shelf. Replicating the same down the road would be a logistical constraint for Grand Tour coordinators; the same logistics account for a part of the probable revenue loss as estimated by Louvre auditors.

Therefore, the decision of the museum director to tentatively turn down the loan is two-fold. If Mona Lisa is to fall on-road it would have to invest a lot in restoration works, and if it is to go out of Paris, a revenue fall may occur to one of the world’s most visited museums.