Day 19 - Paris, France: Mona Lisa Selfies

To anyone and everyone who told me that one day was too short a time to experience the Louvre, you were completely right and I should have listened. If you are planning a visit, please heed their advice where I did not.

A massive labyrinthine collection, the Louvre is to museums as the U.S. National Archives are to public libraries. Walking the halls here has filled me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for humanity in a way that I have never felt. As such, it is extraordinarily difficult to translate that type of experience into film. I have selected a few of the works that I felt particularly drawn towards; with the highlights being the Spanish Gallery, Apolloโ€™s Hall, the Medieval Collection, the Sculpture Garden (I am very partial to artwork that plays with the presence of its surroundings), and the exhibition on Thrace.

A short note on the Mona Lisa: The painting is diminished by the way it is chosen to be displayed, behind a glass case in the center of a massive barren pillar in the heart of the Louvre. It is denied the power that it could have in a smaller space, but it is granted something entirely different. Crowds of people gather to take photographs in front of the painting at all times during the museumโ€™s opening hours, and the Mona Lisa quietly smirks in its glass cage while absorbing the selfies and camera flashes as if offerings to its effigy. I find the Mona Lisa more interesting in its power to attract than its artistry. With that said, I gladly paid homage and found that Mona Lisaโ€™s smile is quite difficult to replicate ๐Ÿ˜.