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Mona Lisa

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The Year in Review 2019

King Tut’s golden year, Koons’s worst: the highs and lows of the art world in 2019

As Notre Dame burned, protestors called the shots and a gold toilet vanished, it was certainly a year to remember

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'

Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year

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Law

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is on the move this summer at the Musée du Louvre

The Leonardo painting, which is seen by thousands of visitors each day, is temporarily leaving its home during renovations to the gallery

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Mona Lisa

Carlos Santana dreams of seeing the Mona Lisa naked: now he can

As the so-called “Nude Mona Lisa” goes on display at Chantilly, here’s the Mexican guitarist’s love song

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French exhibition aims to reveal naked truth about 'nude Mona Lisa'

New research suggests work could be a prototype of an idealised “Venus” portrait designed by Leonardo himself

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In the frame

Go to bed with a smile—spend the night with Mona Lisa

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In the frame

Rock on: Pretenders Chrissie Hynde picks up the paintbrush

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Leonardo da Vinci

Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado

Experts say the painting was completed at the same time as Leonardo’s original

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Mona Lisa

How the Mona Lisa almost came to a watery end at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Faulty fire sprinkler “rained on” Leonardo’s portrait, reveals former director

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: What is all the fuss about Leonardo? Martin Kemp and Charles Nicholl try to decipher the master

Two books try to shed new light on why Leonardo continues to exert a fascination for scholars, art historians and the public

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Leonardo da Vinci

New “anti-terrorist” display case for the Mona Lisa

After 500 years, Leonardo’s fragile portrait is starting to warp

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa mystery finally solved: The sitter is indisputably Lisa del Giocondo

And not Isabella d’Este, Pacifica Brandano, Costanza d’Avalos, a cumulative female image—or Leonardo in drag