Scientific expert threatens Louvre with legal action over Leonardo da Vinci exhibition

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Pascal Cotte, a French scientist who has written several studies and two books on the 'Mona Lisa', and who has digitised several works by Leonardo da Vinci, has accused the Louvre Museum of “parasitism” in relation to his work. Cotte claims that in its major exhibition on the artist, which ends on February 24th, the Paris museum has not credited his discoveries and ground-breaking work on the artist and his most famous painting. Karl Laske reports.

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He is the first expert to dare challenge the Louvre. Pascal Cotte, a self-taught scientist, is the inventor of a revolutionary multispectral camera and discoverer of many secrets hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. He has sent a final legal warning notice to the museum and the national research and restoration centre the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) over their alleged “parasitism” in relation to his work. In legal terms he is alleging that they have “copied something of economic value of another which is the result of expertise and intellectual work”.