Two butterfly-shaped walnut braces are inserted into the back of the panel of the Mona Lisa to a depth of about 1/3 the thickness of the panel. This intervention is was skillfully executed, and successfully stabilized the crack that had been forming in it.
It is believed that in this year Antonín Dvořák writes his first composition, the Forget-Me-Not Polka in C (Polka pomněnka).
Frederic Leighton writes to his mother: "though Ruskin stayed about three hours and was altogether very pleasant, he did not say anything that I could quote about my paintings. He was immensely struck by my drawing of a lemon-tree, and was generally complementary, or rather, respectful, that is more his genre." ('Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton', p55-6)