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.
After reading the article in the New York Times proposing to remove the Mona Lisa, I believe that the author makes some great points as to why it should be removed. The Mona Lisa causes a lot of congestion in the Louvre and tourists typically go to see the Mona Lisa just so that they can take selfies next to it and say that they saw it. Now there is nothing wrong with this, but there is more to art than just going to a museum to take selfies next to a painting. This gets in the way of the individuals who are truly into art and would like to appreciate all that the museum has to offer. I feel that the Mona Lisa should be moved to a separate location that would clear up space for the other exhibits in the museum. Also separate tickets should be sold to see the Mona Lisa along with those sold to see the rest of the museum. The drawback to removing the Mona Lisa altogether is that the painting is generating a lot of revenue for the through tickets and merchandise.
After reading the news article, I believe that it is time to put away the Mona Lisa. According to the article, the majority of the visitors are only there to see the Mona Lisa and the majority of them don’t feel pleased after doing so. The Mona Lisa seems to be causing more bad than good. The exhibit where it’s held is overcrowded and it’s also tanking the attention away for another artwork. I know the money that the museum is getting from tourism is a big reason to keep the painting but safety should be held above that. The writing of the article had a great suggestion, which is that they should give the Mona Lisa a Place of her own away from the rest of the museum.
It Isn’t time to take down Mona Lisa, because this painting has been around for centuries. In terms of it’s history and the meaning behind it. It shows what this painting represents. It would be better if they were to relocate to the museum, because most people who haven’t seen this painting can take the time and obverse it. Rather than having other people to get rid of it, without having and reason explaining why. In addition for moving Mona Lisa to the museum would also benefit others who support this painting can rebel until they can come to an understanding. That way they can take pictures of this painting face to face rather than seeing it online.
In my opinion I believe that the Mona Lisa should be taken down or at least should be moved to another location where it is appreciated. After reading the article, mass of the group of spectators who go to the Louver to see the Mona Lisa are not intrigued any longer. They are even going as far as criticizing the famous Mona Lisa questioning what’s so special about this painting. I believe they should consider the idea of bringing down the Mona Lisa for a brief timeframe and only should they put her up on special occasions such as the anniversary of her making. I Feel that having the option to just show case it a couple of times out of the year is a smart thought because of the reality, individuals are overlooking the genuine worth of this piece. Making the Mona Lisa difficult to go over will have individuals welcome it somewhat more after not having the option to consider it to be every now and again as in the past.
In this article it breaks down the problem regarding the famous painting the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci . It is such a famous painting , it shameful to think The Louvre which hold the greatest art collection in all of Europe would not comprehend the significant of this art . It is a little hard to believe that the Louvre held that much people/tourists but what I didn’t understand was the criticism the Louvre had to face , tourist should not be so quick to complain because it was a uncontrollable events . In the article the director of the Louvre mentioned taking step to prepare to alleviate the problem the Mona Lisa had created , while reading this article it explains how many famous painting that was displayed but was ignored because most of the people came to see Leonardo Masterpiece so I don’t think the Louvre should give up on the art so easy but that only if they make the improvement to display the painting more comfortable for the public.
I do believe that it is time to take down the Mona Lisa. According to the New York Times article, 80% of the 10 million visitors to the Musee du Louvre only go to see the Mona Lisa and end up disappointed. People now feel obligated to go see the Mona Lisa, which simply shouldn’t be the case when it is only one piece out of da Vinci’s entire life’s work. In a museum full of iconic art pieces like the Venus de Milo, the crowding is not only a security hazard but frankly, insulting. The size of the crowds that form to see the Mona Lisa has caused the painting to be moved several times, placed behind a several-inch thick glass box, security lines and cause the museum to close down; as iconic as the piece is, in both pop culture and art history, the measures taken to keep the piece on display simply aren’t worth it. It should be retired indefinitely, so that the Musee du Louvre can finally breathe.
This is a reminder that the Final is next week, on Monday 12/16 at 11:30 am. Please arrive promptly. Don’t forget to review the last post with the terminology and expanded format for the quiz.
In addition, I have posted the supplementary extra credit assignment that involves manipulating some code under Class Downloads on our OpenLab website. Please remember all extra credits are optional, and all are due at the end of finals week on Friday 12/20 by midnight.
Lastly, thanks for letting me know about Maurizio Cattelan’s banana in Miami Basel. I thought you would like to read how locals in Miami are using the incident to raise important issues of social equity.
See you on Monday!
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.
After reading the article in the New York Times, I believe that the Mona Lisa should be relocated to its own space outside the museum. Since it’s a very important painting and a lot of people come from all over the world to see that specific painting I think it would be better to have its own space. I also think it would be a good idea to have time slot that a certain amount of people could enter the viewing area to limit the amount of people viewing the Mona Lisa at the same time. This will be more beneficial so that everyone could actually get a up close & better look at the painting rather then having people pushing & shoving just to get a peek of the painting.