HW#4 Is it time to take down the Mona Lisa?

In my opinion, I think that the Mona Lisa is an evergreen work of art, so it should not be kept hidden from the world. By reading the NY Times article I found out that most of the visitors at the Louvre come to see the Mona Lisa only, but they leave disappointed and also I read that in a poll about 80% of British people think that it is the “world’s most disappointing attraction”. I think they are not saying this based on the look of the work of art itself, they are only giving this bad rating because of the long lines and overcrowded halls that they had to experience in the process of viewing it.

I have been studying about this work of art by Da Vinci since I was only in 3rd grade or nine years old, in India. So you can understand to what extent people around the world must be curious to see this work of art in person! Mona Lisa is not the problem in my opinion, as many people really want to see it, its not like its an obligation to go and see it if you visit the Louvre, People go there because they actually want to see it, but they want to see it in from close, because honestly we all should get to see the art in order to appreciate its beauty in the first place! People don’t seem to value it anymore because this is what they think, “So you’re telling me that, I will have to stand in a longggg line to see that painting which I practically can’t even see from near? and on top of that I will have to be waiting for about an hour in a hall crowded as hell? No way!! Who has time and patience for all that?”

So I think its not the fault of the Mona Lisa, its not that its something which is not worth the hype, its just that people feel robbed (in terms of experience and money both) as they travel from all different parts of the world, spend so much money to see this specific work of art at the Louvre, but the terrible viewing experience that they get is what breaks their heart and they feel like they are not getting something worth their buck and time!

So to solve this problem, I would suggest that the painting should be moved, but NOT in a storage or something as it would be equivalent of disrespecting this art piece, instead they should actually build a separate area for just this painting so the rest of the Louvre visitors can watch other works of art at peace and also Mona Lisa lovers get to see the art from near and get to take cool pictures around it or with it!

Anjie S: Hw #4: Is It Time To Take Down The Mona Lisa?

In my opinion, I don’t believe the Mona Lisa should be put in storage. The Mona Lisa painting is iconic. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of that ‘Mona Lisa’ smile up close and personal where all the details of the painting can be seen. I remember in class a student had mentioned that in her hometown of India, she was learning about the Mona Lisa as early as elementary school – that just shows how real the hype is over Mona Lisa, she’s popular all over the world. I understand how the painting could serve as a security hazard in the Louvre, however, the Museum’s director has said that they will be taking further steps to alleviate the pandemonium that this painting has been causing with new entrances and timed tickets. I believe that anywhere the Mona Lisa goes, there will always be large crowds, there’s no way around that so the painting should just stay in the home that its always known – the Louvre.

HW4: Is It Time to Take Down the Mona Lisa? – by: Garnet Garcia

I laughed when I saw the author of the New York Times article describe the outside line as “TSA style” because when I went to Paris this summer and saw the Louvre, that’s exactly what it looked like. I didn’t go inside because I wanted nothing to do with that enormous line and I had other things I wanted to see, however recalling that moment makes me agree with the author of the NYT article. If 80% of that line was just there to see the Mona Lisa, then that was really sad. Museums are meant to show more than one thing and if everyone’s flocking around only one painting it’s going to get extremely annoying. Of course people are leaving there unsatisfied; it’s like going shopping on Black Friday but all you’re getting is a not so good picture of an image that’s not much bigger than a letter sized sheet of paper. I think it’s necessary for the Louvre to put the Mona Lisa somewhere else. While I do understand it’s importance in art history, I don’t think its right for the art to monopolize the attention of visitors when there are so many other grand works of art in the same building. If people are going there out of obligation as opposed to understanding and appreciation, then you’ve missed the point of the art in general.

HW#4: Is It Time To Take Down The Mona Lisa

Based on the New York Times article about the Mona Lina being taken down, I would agree that the 16th-century Italian masterpiece be relocated to a place of its own due to the chaotic overcrowding and disappointed visitors. According to the New York Times article, “The overcrowding was so bad, the museum had to shut its doors on several days.” This proves how it’s negatively impacting museum visitors and the employees of the Louvre. By building a separate place for the Mona Lisa and selling tickets with time sloths for groups of 10-15, can allow visitors from all over the world to a better view of the Mona Lina in a well-organized manner. The space can also provide a selfie booth, through which visitors can download their picture as they leave.

Olando Alexis HW#4- Is it Time To Take Down The Mona Lisa?

After reading this recent article in the New York Times about the overcrowding situation in the Louvre Museum, where Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa is stored, I have very simple answer to the question. I believe that the Mona Lisa should be placed in its on place outside the museum. The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous painting of all time and I think its only fair that it gets its own place outside the museum. Other than that, the overcrowding can be a safety hazard so if they move it outside of the museum then it should be in a bigger place also that way the overcrowding can be managed more professionally and more organized.

HW#2 How Would You Rebuild a Gothic Church?

Should the French rebuild the landmark Gothic Church? This question once again is on the minds of many French people visiting Paris. The cathedral’s famous name Notre-Dame means Our Lady, is itself historical. After the collapsed from the fire, I wondered if the re-construction of the church would be possible. The construction of Notre Dame began during the reign of King Louis VII and was completed in the year 1345. I am not sure if the modern-day engineers can rebuild the church to look the same because the cathedral needed a makeover prior to this fire. Some of these architectural structures such as the Crown of Thorns and the Tunic of Saint Louis was housed there. I believe some of these artifacts can’t be replaced with
the magnificent wall carvings, if re-constructed and it will never give off the same brilliance as before.

What’s on your Thanksgiving Plate?

So just like very year we were invited to my aunt’s house for Thanksgiving as she invited about 30 to 40 closefamilies of our community to her mansion in Valley Stream, New York every year! So just like every year, even this year she did a “one dish” party/ contest which means to participate every family brings in at least one of their famous family recepies/dishes and then everyone eats and decides who wins the contest for the best dish/recipie

  • The one one the upper left (red) is called “Chicken Satay” which is known to be a very famous appitiezer back in Mumbai, India.
  • The one on the upper right is called, “Tikka Biriyani” which is a Mughlai dish also very famous in India and Pakistan.
  • The one on the bottom is called, “Memoni Dhokre” which is a dish that is made especially during winter time as it is good for the body to eat a healthy and warm gravy with beans , this was also the dish for which my Mom won the first prize for “Best Dish 2019” in our community as you can see her trophy in the lower left of the collage!