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Mona Lisa To Move Underground To Avoid ‘Disappointment’

The Louvre Museum has decided to move the Mona Lisa to an underground section to avoid disappointing viewers.

The Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous artwork in the world. The 16th-century work by Leonardo da Vinci is also the reason why the Louvre is one of the most visited museums in the world. Museum officials say that at least 80 percent of its audience comes to the Louvre to see the Renaissance painting mainly. Long queues are a usual sight in the section where it is held; in fact, on some days the footfall to see the painting alone could reach 250,000.

Despite this, the iconic painting has earned the infamous sobriquet of “the world’s most disappointing masterpiece.” There are also valid reasons behind it. After standing in line for what could be hours, visitors are only able to see the painting from a significant distance – a distance at which the painting looks nothing more than a postage stamp. They are also able to look at it for only a few seconds until the security prompts them to move on.

However, there are also valid justifications behind it. The Mona Lisa has been subject to numerous vandalism attacks over the years – the frequency only seems to be increasing in recent months. It was also infamously stolen in 1911. As such, the museum keeps the painting behind bulletproof reinforced glass and ensures no one can get near the painting without permission.

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In the past, the museum has tried to improve the visitor experience – like changing the room’s colors to accentuate the work’s size or offering digital, larger replicas. All of them failed to improve the viewer experience. So now the museum has decided to move the painting to an underground section. Visitors could follow a dedicated path just for the painting, thus cutting short waiting time by a lot. However, given the recent budget cuts by the French government, it is not sure when the underground section might get started.