Monalisa painting disappointed me
Young Victor (aka Alladream74) in front of the Monalisa
Its nothing personal
My first viewing of the Monalisa in person was not at all what I anticipated. After having heard,read and seen pictures of this wonderful painting books from thousands of miles away,viewing it in the flesh was not what i really had in mind. I did not expect her to sing one of Mozarts greatest's at all but the view of the Monalisa was less than impressive for several reasons. The main reason being my faut,too many expectations,if eastern philosophy about not expecting too much or anything rather, ever rang true, it was true here.I had set myself up to see a great painting, and I expected it to be grand,in my minds eye, it was going to be spectacular. Spectacular it is, but it is just a painting after all. I felt lost infront of it with its cracking paint,in its dull grey box with the bullet proof glass infront of it.
Tourists ruin my view of the Monalisa
I too was a tourist at the time but as we all know, sometimes its all about "me, me, me ,me" .Yes my selfishness got the better of me and I forget that i would not be the only one going to view the world famous painting by the great Leonardo Da Vinci. There were so many people in that section of the Louvre by 8 am it was unbelievable.This was the second day we had attempted to see the painting,after having come around four pm the previous day only to be greeted by the backs of a thousand heads. (Not really a thousand, but you catch my drift.) The painting is naturally a crowd puller and my five minutes of fame with it in view were just that,five minutes in front of the master piece and the crowds behind me were begining to get agitated.
As if the bullet proof glass was not enough.The Louvre decided to put a rope about a metre away from the glass which was a fair distance from the painting,so viewing was really from quite a distance.Denying me the chance to smell it and really look at the cracks and the brush stroke Leonardo used to create that mystic smile.
Morning trek to the Monalisa
This picture was taken on the morning we went to view the Monalisa in 2005. Having dedicated ourselves to make an early morning break, the french weather and light were not forgiving at all. Though I was disappointed by the reality of seeing a world famous painting, looking back, I am glad i had the chance to see France...early in the morning. Bonjour.