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  Famous Mona Lisa loses her looks
Updated 27 April 2004, 19.26

One of the world's most famous paintings is worrying art experts as it is not looking as good as it used to.

The Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre in Paris, and around six million people visit the gallery every year to see it.

The painting is checked every couple of years to make sure it looks okay, and experts have noticed the panel it is painted on has changed shape over time.

A special study of the painting is planning to work out how changes in temperature affect the famous artwork.

Over the years the 500-year-old painting has become a bit yellow because of layers of varnish that have been applied to it.


In 1950 some age spots were taken off the painting, but nothing has been done to it since then.

No one knows who the Mona Lisa in the painting is, and she is famous for her unusual smile, because no one knows why she is smiling.

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