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…

Louvre Interior 4 copy

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  1. Photographing a photographer photographing a smile 😉

  2. but the ‘Wedding at Cana’ on the opposite wall more than compensates for that ‘let down’ feeling. 🙂


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Art, Photography, Travel


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