The Mona Lisa Smile

I could really relate to this article below on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. I’ve never enjoyed the big block-buster exhibitions where you have to squeeze through the noisy crowd for a quick glimpse of a painting. They’re so claustrophobic and impersonal, and not unlike trying to meditate in the middle of a busy highway. The best thing about them are the catalogues in the museum stores, where you can take them home and view the works in peace. (Going to them at unusual times or when there is something else more important on, and fewer visitors is another option).

mona lisa - leonardo da vinciSmile, please

“It’s the most famous painting in the world and a must-see for anyone visiting Paris. But most people fight through the crowds to spend a mere 15 seconds in front of it – just long enough to grab a snapshot. So why do they bother? To find out, Amelia Gentleman spent a day with the Mona Lisa”


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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Darian Leader’s book, mentioned in the Gruan article, is fascinating book but equally frustrating. Some bits in it made me want to hurl it against a wall, but overall it’s full of some interesting ideas about the painting and why, even after it had been stolen, people flocked to the gallery to see where it used to be.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone noticed that the mona lisa has no eye brows

  3. Anonymous says:

    The reasonthe mona lisa has no eyebrows are because it eathier was repainted , was unfinished or because women in the renaissance wore make up and it sometimes made their eyebrows invisible.


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