The Secrets of Mona Lisa

The world’s premier traveling Mona Lisa exhibition experience, The Secrets of Mona Lisa explores the findings of French scientific engineer and examiner of fine art, Pascal Cotte. Granted unprecedented access by the French Government and The Louvre Museum in Paris, he conducted a painstaking scientific analysis of The Mona Lisa using his self-invented and patented multispectral camera.

Cotte spent over two years verifying his findings with leading Mona Lisa experts and The Louvre Museum. His scientific examination and subsequent findings startled the art world with 25 revelations discovered including identifying her original pigment colours from 1506; proving she indeed was painted with eyebrows and eyelashes and producing the world’s only exact replica – a 360° walk around piece.

The documentation of this event, plus 40 large, high resolution sectional images of every aspect of The Mona Lisa including a 4 metre (13ft) high infrared print make this one of the most amazing, unique and compelling traveling exhibitions in the world today.

The exhibition also showcases the latest and most sophisticated technology and trends for art historians and curators to catalogue, understand, restore and authenticate fine art.

  • Explains how Leonardo painted her, his techniques, thoughts, preparatory under drawings
  • Outlines what changes have been made to her by Leonardo’s own hand and over time
  • Examines what effect restoration and varnish has made
  • Displays what her original color was in 1506
  • The only 360° replica ever made
  • 36 large format, super high resolution images depicting the results of scientific analysis by Pascal Cotte
  • 25 secrets revealed – even the curators in the Louvre museum did not have knowledge and were amazed at the revelations
  • Showcases how science, art and culture combine for extraordinary results
  • Chronological history of the painting and her famous events, including original Parisian newspapers, memorabilia and archival information
  • The artists technique – scientific evaluation of the sfumato style used by Leonardo
  • Who is she? Archival evidence recently uncovered that she is indeed Lisa Gherardini.
  • Prototype of the actual 240,000,000 pixel camera used by Cotte
  • Documentary of Cotte’s analysis

Exhibition Facts
On Application to Grande Exhibitions
Traveling Exhibition Period
Generally 3-6 Months
Space Required
3,000 – 6,000 Sq Ft
Ceiling Height
Preferably 15ft And Above (Lower Heights Can Be Accommodated)
Freight Size
1 x 20ft container
Self-managed installation or installation by Grande Exhibition Technicians/Curators
Traveling Exhibition History
Alabama, Baltimore, Bogota, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cali, Cape Town, Caracas, Costa Rica, Edmonton, Florence, Guayaquil, Johannesburg, Macau, Kaohsiung, Kazan, Kiev, Kolding, Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, Lima, Ljubljana, Manchester, Medellin, Melbourne, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Nuremberg, Phoenix, Portland, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Juan, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Singapore, Saint Petersburg, Taipei, Tampa, Tokyo, Vancouver, Venice, Washington D.C., Winnipeg
Past Attendances
Ranges From 20,000 – 60,000 Per Month (Exhibited as part of Da Vinci -The Genius)
Past Sponsors
Ford, Samsung, Visa, Smartone, Coca Cola, Bradesco Bank, Gol Airways, LEGO®, Shun Tak, Macau Ferries, Sew Eurodrive, Institute of Italian Culture, Friends of FAI (National Trust for Italy), Commune Roma, Commune Firenze, Commune Venezia, Italian Consular General, Taiwan Cooperative Bank, 1 First Bank, Lufthansa, Dominos Pizza
Revenue Areas
Tickets, audio guide, official DVD, official exhibition program, merchandise, partnerships, hospitality
Support Materials
Exhibition, merchandise and advertising style guides
Strategic marketing and promotional plans
Press releases
Educational activities guide
Activities booklet
High resolution still and video imagery for marketing
Curatorial support available

Host Presentation
Scientific Paper (Colour)
Scientific Paper (Louvre)
Scientific Paper (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille)

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