Her custodians at the Louvre in Paris have banned any future travels. But this has not discouraged Italy's National Committee for the Enhancement of History, Culture and Environment ('Comitato nazionale per la valorizzazione dei beni storici, culturali e ambientali') from continuing its appeal for a temporary return to Florence of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, for an exhibit at the Uffizi Gallery in 2013. The committee is acting in collaboration with the Province of Florence, which owns the Convent of Sant' Orsola, where research is currently underway to find the remains of the woman depicted in the picture, Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo (hence the name La Gioconda).
According Silvano Vinceti, chair of the committee, the goal is to collect 100,000 signatures, during the next six months, in support of the campaign. This petition would then be presented to the Italian and French governments and the museum in an effort to persuade them to let the Mona Lisa make a visit home.
Why 2013? The year marks the 100th anniversary of the painting's last appearance in Florence. How it came to be is the story of one of the most clamorous art heists of the last century.