if you read my travel blog while I was studying abroad last year, you know that I was totally fine with the size of the mona lisa. not too big, not too small. just right. who says a masterpiece needs to take up an entire gallery wall?
she was pretty much the same upon this visit. subtly smiling as the whole room snapped pictures of her. I think that too many people only know how to view art through another, simpler lens. I watched this guy spend 3 whole minutes taking pictures of a seemingly innocuous Renaissance era painting. maybe he knew something I didn't, or maybe he was doing this to one painting in every room. either way, it made me wonder if a museum is a place where cameras should be allowed. does having a viewfinder ruin the viewing experience?
we were also distracted in one of the galleries by the loud thumpings of a man who was supposed to be painting a painting of one of the paintings. oddly, it didn't look like he ever actually put new paint on the almost completed piece. there was a small crowd of people photographing this anonymous, slightly disruptive man. a statement on the modern interpretation of art?