Louvre And The Da Vinci Code

The Louvre Art Gallery saw a record 7.3 million visitors in 2005. The previous record of 6.7 million visitors was set in 2004. Officials attribute the increased numbers in part to the popularity of The Da Vinci Code, and expect the forthcoming movie will result in even more visitors. The movie, starring Tom Hanks, was shot partly in the Louvre. In one of the opening scenes, a Louvre art curator is murdered and discovered naked with a five-pointed star drawn on his chest in blood, just under the painting of the Mona Lisa.  The murder leads to the search for something called the Da Vinci Code. For the full story - click the title Irish Art