The chick has an awesome smile. No doubt about it! Mona Lisa also known as La Jaconda is an enigma. The art historians and art lovers write volumes about Leonardo Da Vinci’s smiling chick. I wanted to see her mainly because of brouhaha generated around the smiling chick. Forget the geometric magnificence and the merging borders. That is beyond me!
Mona Lisa is a highly publicized artwork. This is quite evident in it’s current resting place, Musee du Louvre. In the Denon wing of the museum, there are printed papers with arrows, hung at key places, to direct the visitors to the painting. There were visitors who in a hurry (futilely trying to complete the tour of the entire museum in a day) asking for directions to her. They sounded as if this is the only piece they wanted to see in this museum.
Mona Lisa rests under a protective sheet of glass. She is also separated from the visitors by a wider security perimeter. There are museum officials around this perimeter safeguarding her from visitors. When you enter this room, there is a big crowd in front of the painting. There are also a few stray visitor admiring other pieces of work hanging in the room. I have taken pictures of the videos of the room. As for the picture of Mona Lisa, I do not have a good shot. But, you will find many good pictures of her on the net.
Ironically, the biggest painting in the Louvre hangs across Mona Lisa. This a painting “Les Noces de Cana” by Paolo Caliari dit Veronese. But this giant painting is dwarfed by the smiling chick.