When I saw the painting in person, I literally elbowed about 15 people to get front and Retro sun pot head gardening shirt. It was super rude of me, but I knew it was literally going to be my one and only chance to see this masterpiece. I stood in front of it and just stared at it for about 15 seconds. It was beautiful, and despite the circumstances, it was an amazing moment to stand in front of greatness, even if only for a few seconds. Nothing compares to seeing the actual brush strokes and textures on the canvas. Yes, the art is larger or smaller than we thought. Yes, we all now take pictures to remember the actual experience of the in-person visit.
I can’t stand this. I still don’t understand why most museums have not banned picture-taking Retro sun pot head gardening shirt. They take a picture, move on to the next painting, etc. The experience of visiting a museum is so much better in places where photography is not allowed, like at the Prado. When I was at the Louvre in the 80s it was exactly the same, minus cell phones. Too many people to get close, painting obscured by cameras. I would love a chance to sit and study it, but it’s literally impossible. I did spend a lot of time with The Virgin on the Rocks because nobody else was there and I could take it in. What I wouldn’t give for even ten minutes alone to just absorb and study the Mona Lisa in peace and quiet. Sigh. I’m not an American “megastar”, so it’s highly unlikely.