Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Committee seeks return of Mona Lisa from Louvre


(ANSA) - Florence, September 7 - Pressure is building for
the return of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous portrait, the Mona
Lisa, to the city of Florence from the Louvre Museum in Paris.
A campaign launched by the National Committee for
Historical, Cultural and Environmental Heritage together with
the Province of Florence has garnered 150,000 signatories
petitioning for the return of the painting in 2013.
The return would be of "high historical value, both
symbolic and moral," Committee President Silvano Vincenti said.
"The committee has officially submitted a request for a
meeting with the new French minister of culture, Aurelie
Filippetti. I am convinced that, thanks to the minister's
Italian origins, she will not only respond positively to our
request, she will understand its motives," said Vincenti.
The painting depicts the figure of a woman with an
enigmatic facial expression, seated before a visionary
landscape, and is seen by millions of visitors every year.
The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 by
robbers dressed as Louvre janitors.
It was recovered two years later inside Italian waiter
Vincenzo Peruggia's hotel room in Florence.
The painting was exhibited briefly in the Uffizi and in
Rome before it was returned to the Louvre.
The committee spearheading the return campaign is also
behind the search team that believes they may have found a
skeleton belonging to the model, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo
(1469-1542), known as the Mona Lisa.
The painting in Italian is called 'La Gioconda' after the
subject of the portrait.

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