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Powdering sleeping beauty’s nose: Virus eases Louvre works – Stuff.co.nz

The iconic museum has had almost no visitors for four months, allowing long-overdue refurbishments to go ahead.

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The 518-year-old Mona Lisa has seen many things in her life on a wall, but rarely this: Almost four months with no Louvre visitors.
As she stares out through bulletproof glass into the silent Salle des Etats, in what was once the world’s most-visited museum, her celebrated smile could almost denote relief. A bit further on, the white marble Venus de Milo is for once free of her girdle of picture-snapping visitors.
Its uncertain when the Paris museum will reopen, after being closed on October 30…

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