Peter Kun Frary | Photographer


Mona Lisa Mob at the Louve | Paris, France

 

Canon EOS 40D and EF-s 17-55 2.8 IS USM

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa under siege by digicam crazed tourists and Hair Club for Men. I was in the Musée du Louvre early in the tourist season but this iconic museum was was filled with equally massive crowds of art starved tourists. Alas I'm only 5' 8" and the diminutive Mona Lisa was blocked by a forest of bald heads and flashing cams. I fought my way through layers of cackling Chinese and ecstatic Americans. I couldn't take anymore elbowing or body scrapes and decided to make my stand: stood on tiptoe, held camera above head and nailed this comical scene.

Mona Lisa is owned by the French government and hangs in the Louvre under bullet and UV proof glass and constant surveillance (dude on far right). They really should send Lisa back home to Italy.

The Mona Lisa is said to represent an ideal embodiment of eternal femininity. To me she appears rather broad-shouldered and masculine. I find the women in this Louve ceiling detail much more feminine:

The Loves of Paris and Helen (1788) by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). Another Louve oil painting cutie. Normally the woman is missing her clothing but, instead, we have a nekid male lyre plucker.

And attractive but barefoot viol and lute girls.

Of course none of these paintings are as famous as the Mona Lisa so what do I know. The Mona Lisa is certainly among the smallest paintings in the Louve collection.


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