The famous Mona Lisa is preparing to move on Wednesday and, even if it is just to change floor in the Louvre, it is already an event in itself, its movements are extremely rare given its extreme fragility.
As attendance at the Louvre experienced extraordinary growth, work was needed to regulate the flow of visitors. Initiated last January, they continue with the most visited room of the museum: the State Room, known to house the masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci. You should know that the Mona Lisa alone attracts 70% of the visitors who come to the Louvre. The Mona Lisa will have to leave the first floor of the Denon wing for the second floor of the Richelieu wing. This is indeed the Medici Gallery, one of the largest in the Louvre and can therefore receive a large number of visitors, who will welcome it until next October. At the heart of the collections of Dutch and Flemish paintings, it will be displayed in an air-conditioned and secure showcase similar to the one in which it is presented today. Particularly fragile (her wooden panel is split at the back), she can no longer travel outside the Louvre. And in the very heart of the museum it is moved only exceptionally: in the Great Gallery between 1992 and 1995 for museographic reasons and in the Rosa Room between 2001 and 2005 during the previous renovation of the Salle des Etats. Similarly, she will be absent from the Leonard de Vinci exhibition (October 24, 2019 – February 24, 2020) for fear of too much affluence difficult to manage.
Louvre Museum, open from 9am to 6pm, except Tuesdays. Nocturne Wednesday and Friday until 22h, in Paris, France.