There’s a segment of art fans who regularly demand the Mona Lisa be cleaned and restored. It’s a touchy debate. If the painting were to be restored, it might better represent what Leonardo da Vinci intended as he created it. But if so much as a line of her smile was damaged during such attempts, a real possibility when dealing with a 500-year-old painting … well, art fans don’t like to consider the loss of even a single stroke of paint on that famous face.
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