If you have visited the Louvre and got a chance to see the Mona Lisa, you probably are one of the many who were surprised how small she was and why was she steeling the show from all the other beautiful large pieces in the Louvre.
Why is the Mona Lisa popular? In short, she was one of the first art pieces to get global headlines in the early of the 20th century when she got stolen by an Italian Louvre staff member. Throughout the century, she was subject to vandalism multiple times, and like the Beatles, she traveled so many places.
To further clarify why the Mona Lisa is popular, I’ll leave her aside and will talk about Animation Production cels (celluloid), to make a point. I collect those
In short, we love stories.
If a person doesn’t have an eye that appreciates a piece of art, there’s a higher chance this person has an ear that appreciates a good story that revolves around that piece of art.
In my first visit to the Louvre in 2005, I got a chance to see the Mona Lisa, and I remember spending way more time looking at Michaelangelo’s Rebellious Slave and the Nike of Samothrace than the time spent looking at the Mona Lisa. Back in 2005, I use to and still believe that she is the Celine Dion of paintings, I love her but hate to admit my love to her, maybe because she stands at the highest peaks of
I already knew back then most of her history, and I chose to look at the Mona Lisa visitors rather than just see the Mona Lisa itself. I think I would do that again if I visit the Louvre today. Observe the mobile-social Mona Lisa visitors of today; Who are they? How do they look at her? Why do they visit her? What do they do when visiting her?