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'MONA LISA' RELOCATED TO LARGER LOUVRE ROOM

The world's most enigmatic smile was getting a change of scene Monday as the Louvre shifted Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" to a renovated larger section of the museum.

The 500-year-old painting now will be displayed in the Salle des Etats, which has undergone a four-year, $6.1 million makeover designed by Peruvian architect Lorenzo Piqueras. "It's completely new, completely different," said Veronique Petitjean, Louvre spokeswoman.

Roomier than the portrait's former home in the much smaller Salle Rosa, it will offer more space for the 6 million people who visit the museum each year, she said.

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