Will the Mona Lisa be Coming to the US?

the mona lisa

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Mona Lisa in person, chances are, you’ll probably have to travel to Paris, France. The Mona Lisa painting, by Leonardo da Vinci, is arguably the most well-known piece of artwork in history. It is currently on display in the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest art museum, in Paris. In March, the idea of putting the painting on a “grand tour” was proposed by the Culture Minister of France, Francoise Nyssen. However, the Director of the Louvre, Jean Luc Martinez, decided that the painting will not be moved, citing that the painting can’t be because it is too fragile. Understandably so, due to its value as well.

The last time it was moved was in 1974 in which it was sent to Japan for display. The Mona Lisa is currently on exhibition at the Louvre, housed in a temperature controlled box with bullet proof glass. In addition, it is sectioned off, allowing the public to view from a distance that keeps it safe, but close enough to appease its gazers.

For what it is worth, I have seen the painting in person. It is as beautiful as one would think. However, the painting is much smaller in person, and the fact that it is roped off does take away from the experience. While it will not be venturing outside of Paris anytime soon, if you are in the area, it’s worth a stop.