The “Mona Lisa” is a widely known artwork. However, it’s gotten to a point where the painting becomes overrated and becomes much more than what it may seem. As iconic as the art piece is, along with its creator Leonardo da Vinci, it should be seen for people who actually have a strong and passionate feelings towards artwork. In the article, the author mentions how the Louvre’s other artworks are overshadowed and gets depreciate by the “Mona Lisa”. In my own opinion, I agree with the author of the article and feel as though the “Mona Lisa” should be to relocate to a place where it does not take the charm of other artworks and create an atmosphere where people who love art and want to view such an iconic piece in peace without the line being so tremors and houses more than 5,000 people in one place. There are plenty of other beautiful artworks to be seen and appreciated that is not as well known. Moving the “Mona Lisa” to a place where it stands alone and not with other art works, leaves customers who wanted to just see the paint by itself satisfied, along with other art lovers being able to appreciate the painting, while also appreciating the rest.
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.
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.
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 agree that the Louvre should relocate the Mona Lisa to another location within the museum and implement measures to decrease the commotion and make the rest of the museum more accessible to others. This will also help better the experience for those visitors who are genuine art lovers versus those individuals who do not really care much for art but are tourists looking to simply take a selfie next to the Mona Lisa because its supposedly a cool thing to do. All in all, the Mona Lisa is a nice art piece but there are many other art works that are more interesting.
In my opinion I believe that the Mona Lisa should be taken down. I of course don’t mean forever I believe that the Mona Lisa should be taken down for a period of time maybe for a couple of years and then put back up again for a short while before going into storage once again. I believe this because from reading the article and on a more personal opinion I can tell that the people come to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa is not even interested in seeing it. They just want to take selfies to prove that they saw it and get out as quickly as possible since its so crowded. Also the Louvre talks about how there are so many people that they even had to shut down it for a couple of days. In addition the article states people criticize the Mona Lisa questioning what’s so special about this painting. I feel if we take down the Mona Lisa for a while people might appreciate it a little more after not being able to see it. Of course people will still be able to study it since it is all over the internet and in books and many copies of it is sold everywhere.
For the last homework of the semester, please read 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. The photos show people waiting in lines and crowds in front of the painting. Do you think it’s time to put the Mona Lisa in storage? Or perhaps move it to its own space outside of the museum?
Read the NYT article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/arts/design/mona-lisa-louvre-overcrowding.html
Write a short 100-word post on your views about the article and your opinion of Leonardo’s painting. Please only check the category #studentHW.
This homework is due on the LAST DAY of class, Monday, December 16th midnight, the same day as the FINAL EXAM.