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George Clooney calls for Mona Lisa to be returned to Italy | Film | theguardian.com

George Clooney has claimed that France should return the Mona Lisa to Italy during a promotional tour for his new film The Monuments Men, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The comments, which follow Clooney's repeated claims over the past week that Britain should return the Parthenon marbles to Greece, were reportedly made in Milan at a press event during which the film's cast posed in front of the famed Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece The Last Supper. The film's director was joined by co-stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jean Dujardin and John Goodman for the event.

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is currently held in the Louvre in Paris, where it has hung since 1797. It was acquired by French king Francis I shortly after completion around 1518 and has only been shown in Italy once, in 1913, following its theft by an Italian patriot in 1911.

Italian authorities have regularly petitioned for the return of the world's most famous painting, most recently in 2012 ahead of the 100th anniversary of its restitution to France. Their Gallic counterparts have so far refused on the grounds that the work of art is too delicate to be moved. Clooney's reported remarks are said to have returned the matter to the public arena and sparked new calls in Italy for the return of the painting.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Feb 14th, 2014 at 02:52:32 PM EST
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I'm sure that Pris, as London with regard to the Elgin Marbles, will happily consider it once the US govt restores all the lands taken by conquest from the original inhabitants of the land now known as the USA and pays suitable compensation to the descendents for all the inconvenience etc etc

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Feb 15th, 2014 at 11:24:19 AM EST
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The Mona Lisa was taken to France by the painter himself and sold to the king by his heir. Why should they "return" it? Why doesn't Clooney focus on things that were really stolen, such as the Veronese that faces the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, or the portrait of the Emperor stolen from Prague by the Swedish Army:

He could also ask Milan to return the paintings that were stolen by the French from other places only to be "returned" to Milan. For example, Città di Castello:

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 15th, 2014 at 12:06:03 PM EST
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