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Heidi Klum and new beau Vito Schnabel go on Paris getaway

Heidi Klum and new beau Vito Schnabel go on Paris getaway

March 20 (UPI) -- Supermodel Heidi Klum and her new boyfriend Vito Schnabel were spotted strolling around Paris on Monday.
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George Clooney: Return 'Mona Lisa' to Italy

George Clooney: Return 'Mona Lisa' to Italy

MILAN, Italy, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- George Clooney, in Italy to promote his new movie, "The Monuments Men," called on France to return the "Mona Lisa" to the country where it was created.

Sotheby's: Rare stamp expected to fetch $10 million-$20 million

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A New York auction house said a British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, an extremely rare stamp, is expected to sell for $10 million to $20 million at auction.

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Florence tomb opened in bid to find 'Mona Lisa'

FLORENCE, Italy, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florence, Italy, have opened the tomb of the woman believed to be model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa to test her DNA.
Nanotechnology creates world's smallest version of the Mona Lisa

Nanotechnology creates world's smallest version of the Mona Lisa

ATLANTA, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The world's most famous painting -- the Mona Lisa -- has been recreated on the world's smallest canvas, narrower than a human hair, U.S. researchers report.
Dominic West lands the lead in Showtime pilot 'The Affair'

Dominic West lands the lead in Showtime pilot 'The Affair'

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- British actor Dominic West is to play the male lead in the U.S. drama pilot "The Affair," Showtime announced Monday.

New tests narrow 'early' Mona Lisa's age

ZURICH, Switzerland, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Art experts in Switzerland said they have new evidence that an earlier version of the Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Laser sends Mona Lisa into space

Laser sends Mona Lisa into space

GREENBELT, Md., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- NASA scientists say they beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in a test of communicating with a satellite using a laser.

Italians want 'Mona Lisa' back

FLORENCE, Italy, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- More than 150,000 people have signed a petition to have Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" returned to Italy from the Louvre museum in Paris.

Michael Jackson photoshopped on fresco

BORJA, Spain, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Images of Michael Jackson and other pop icons have been photoshopped over that of Jesus in a Spanish fresco defaced by a woman who says she tried to restore it.

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Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda or La Joconde, or Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo) is a portrait by the Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci. It is a painting in oil on a poplar panel, completed circa 1503-1519. It is on permanent display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a seated woman (probably Lisa del Giocondo) whose facial expression is frequently described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, the monumentality of the composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work. The image is so widely recognised, caricatured, and sought out by visitors to the Louvre that it is considered the most famous painting in the world.

Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 or 1504 in Florence, Italy. According to Da Vinci's contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, "...after he had lingered over it four years, left it unfinished...." It is known that such behavior is common in most paintings of Leonardo who, later in his life, regretted "never having completed a single work".

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