Louvre Gives 'Mona Lisa' A Lighting Makeover

Jun 13, 2013
Originally published on June 13, 2013 5:48 am
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And today's last word in business is a more flattering light.

The Louvre in Paris has just unveiled sophisticated LED lighting for the "Mona Lisa."


They want to bring out her coloring the way Leonardo da Vinci might have seen her.

SOPHIE LEMONNIER: (French spoken)

WERTHEIMER: Sophie Lemonnier, director of architecture at the Louvre, says the spotlight creates a more uniform intensity over the painting.

MONTAGNE: She did admit the LED lighting was more expensive for the museum, though one could say seeing Mona Lisa's smile in a new light: priceless.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

WERTHEIMER: And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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