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September 06, 2006— Ottawa, Ontario

Public lectures to present findings of the most extensive 3D study ever conducted on Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting.
Mona Lisa: A Scientific Examination
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In 2004, at the request of the Louvre, the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF) undertook the most comprehensive scientific examination and study of the Mona Lisa completed to date. As part of the project, a team of 3D imaging scientists from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) were invited to Paris in October, 2004 to undertake the 3D scanning of the painting using instruments and technologies developed at NRC. The objective of this project was to scan the Mona Lisa - obverse and reverse - in order to provide high-resolution 3D image data of the complete painting.

The NRC lecture presentation "Mona Lisa: A Scientific Examination" presented by members of the NRC and C2RMF teams will include an overview of the project including unique new image details which shed light on the condition of the painting, its history and on Leonardo da Vinci's technique.

The never seen before 3D model will allow a close virtual examination of the Mona Lisa by the specialist and the non-specialist alike, without any risk of damage to the painting, thousands of kilometers away from Paris.

Bruno Mottin, Curator, Research Department, C2RMF
François Blais, Research Scientist, NRC
John Taylor, Research Scientist, NRC

Check back on September 26, 2006 for updates, interactive tools and detailed project information!

NRC Auditorium, 100 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

English lecture
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

French lecture
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2006
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

* Limited seating is available.

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National Research Council of Canada

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