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‘Mona Lisa’s Fans Are Upset About Not Being Able To Spend More Time With Her
By Mikelle Leow, 15 Aug 2019
Image via muratart / Shutterstock.com
Even the brightest stars burn out, and yet the Mona Lisa continues to inspire 500 years on. Surprisingly, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting seems to be more coveted than ever, as visitors of the Louvre have been lamenting about not being able to spend enough time with the masterpiece.
Their despair is justified, since the Mona Lisa was recently moved from the gallery in the Salle des États to the Galerie Médicis, one of the Louvre’s largest rooms, as the original holding place is undergoing renovations.
While the painting’s new quarters are built to accommodate “tens of thousands” of guests each day, paying it a visit has proven to be chaotic. This is despite the museum only allowing people who pre-book their visits to be able to take a look at the Mona Lisa.
Art lovers have bemoaned about queuing for hours before finally having a peek of the artwork—and that’s exactly what they got. A peek.
“[There were] several floors of queues but arriving in the gallery, we were frankly shocked,” wrote TripAdvisor user Xavier, via the Guardian. “The staff treated visitors like cattle … Result: stress to see the painting behind glass from several metres. Scandalous!”
Another reviewer reported having to join the line “a second time to see it for 10 seconds.”
“Queues were horrendous just to get in and another queue for the Mona Lisa and that was a letdown,” they added.
Coupled with the fact that the 30″-by-21″ masterpiece is smaller than many museumgoers expect, it’s no wonder visitors have been left disappointed.
A spokesperson for the Louvre, the most-visited museum in the world, responds that the establishment acknowledges “people are attracted by the Mona Lisa and we are doing our best to make their visit more fluid,” though she stresses that it is “very busy this time of the year.”
If you’re hoping to come face-to-face with the Mona Lisa, you might want to do so after the painting returns to its usual home in the Salle des États in mid-October.
[via The Guardian, cover image via muratart / Shutterstock.com]
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