Louvre Gives 'Mona Lisa' A Lighting Makeover

Jun 13, 2013
Originally published on June 13, 2013 6:48 am
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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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."

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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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