February 8, 2014 — Sage Scott
The Most Photographed Smile in the World
If you don’t know what to expect, seeing the Mona Lisa, or La Joconde as she’s called at home in France, can be a bit of a letdown. The portrait which has been called the best known, most visited, most written about, most sung about, and most parodied work of art in the world is only 30×20 in (77×53 cm) big. In addition to that, she’s kept behind a thick, plexiglass frame and roped off several feet from the nearest Louvre visitor.
So instead of a chance to look the dark-haired, Renaissance beauty deep into the eyes for a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance, the experience is usually much more like this…
On Today’s Date in the Past:
- Postcard from…Maastricht
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Photographing a photographer photographing a smile 😉
Yes, exactly, and from 50 yards back!
but the ‘Wedding at Cana’ on the opposite wall more than compensates for that ‘let down’ feeling. 🙂