1945: Opening the Mona Lisa at the end of WWII Chris October 1, 2012 1940-1949, Art & design, War 4 CommentsFavourited 602 times Add to favourites 4 Responses Mike Withers October 2, 2012 I would really like to know where they hid the painting during the war. I would imagine it was quite sought after by the Nazis. Reply Stratospheric October 2, 2012 When Northern France was occupied by the Nazis in 1940, the curator of the Louvre Museum, René Huyghe, kept the Mona Lisa under his bed in the château de Montal en Quercy (Lot region, Southwest of France). Then it was hidden in several anonymous houses and mansions in Lot before it was returned to the Louvre in July 1945. Reply Mike Withers October 3, 2012 Thanks stratospheric Reply Sarah January 28, 2013 According to this article in the Boston Globe, the location of the Louvre’s famous pieces were not hidden from the Nazis. It said that “The principle was that the artwork had to be gotten away from combat zones and strategic centers,” said the exhibition’s curator, Guillaume Fonkenell, adding that the pieces weren’t hidden from the occupying Nazi forces. “The Germans were perfectly aware of the different places the artwork was being stored,” he said. Most of it was kept at chateaux, whose owners volunteered to safeguard the pieces as a way of preventing their properties from being requisitioned by the Nazis…” Interesting conflicting stories. http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/05/10/louvre_tells_of_wwii_efforts/ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.