The large-scale paintings, created between 1551 and 1562, represent scenes from classical mythology drawn mostly from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”, and explore themes of passion, temptation, and punishment.
The Mona Lisa has been behind safety glass since the early 1950s, when it was damaged by a visitor who poured acid on it. Since then there have been several other unsuccessful attempts at vandalising the painting.
The sale at Sotheby's – the first time the work has come to auction since 1986 – marks one of the 10 highest prices ever seen at auction.
People in Paris attend a press visit of the immersive exhibition "Nuit Etoilée" devoted to painter Vincent Van Gogh by multimedia artist Gianfranco Iannuzzi at "l'Atelier des Lumieres", the first Digital Art Centre in Paris.
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