Your Kitchen and the Mona Lisa

What does your kitchen have to do with Leonardo Davinci's Mona Lisa?

Answer: If you opt for a quality set of cabinets, the “Art” of your kitchen will be mounted on the same material that has allowed the Mona Lisa to stand the test of time.

The experts from Canada's National Research Council said the painting was in fragile condition but should not suffer too much damage if taken care of properly.

“The wood panel on which the Mona Lisa is painted is sensitive to temperature and climate variations. However, if its current storage conditions are maintained, there is no risk of degradation,” the NRC said in a statement.

“The 12 cm (3-1/2 inch) split on the top half of the painting, which was probably due to the removal of the original frame and repaired between the middle of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, appears to be stable and has not worsened over time.”

Close examination of the craquelure — the fine pattern of cracks formed on old paintings — showed the paint layers were still firmly attached to the poplar wood panel on which Leonardo created his masterpiece.

“We didn't see any sign of paint lifting. So for a 500-year-old painting it's very good news. And if they continue to keep it the way they have in an environment-controlled chamber, it could remain like that for a very long time,” Taylor said.

Reuters

Okay, here's the connection:

I've always recommended poplar-core plywood as the material of choice for fine kitchens that look good and work well for a lifetime. Turns out, this is a very time-tested material, unlike the other commonly available option, particleboard.