Everyone waits in line for the Mona Lisa. I prefer the lower floors of the Louvre.

  1. What amazes me is seeing where the marble steps and such have actually worn down from all the people walking on them.

  2. And ceilings. I was astonished at some of the most beautiful paintings I've ever witness with my two eyeballs just being ignored as millions of people pass by staring at eye level.

  3. I love the Louvre but would recommend D'Orsay first. Not just trying to be a contrarian, I legitimately think that museum is much more accessible given it's size, has fewer visitors, and a world class collection of art.

  4. Louvre has galleries worth spending few days in. Mona Lisa is actually not so impressive in real life. The gallery leading to the painting is nicer.

  5. When I was at the Louvre, the thing I got most excited by was the Sarcophagus of the Spouses. I had no idea it was there and when I saw it, I was like, “Yooooooo that’s the thing from the cover of my 6th grade social studies book!”

  6. When I went they had this exhibit on the lower floor of ancient statues and figurines from like 10,000+ years ago. It was my favorite part. Little was known of the figurines. So it's possible I'm there 15k years later looking at something a random tribesman carved when he was bored...but it's displayed in a museum with some of the greatest art in history.

  7. Ancient cultures in Sumer, Egypt, India, and even in Mesoamerica depicted gods holding these bags. Pretty interesting. Or maybe it's just that bags are useful. 🤷‍♂️

  8. This Is ancient sumerian and they did use handbags but this was basically their vision of a God or more accurately, an alien who came down to teach them things. So you are right about influencer.

  9. I probably spent 7 hours at the Louvre. Amazing history in that place. From the smallest artifacts the size of your palm to huge artifacts that make you ask how it’s still in one piece from the 1500’s and how they got it in the building.

  10. All the paintings were sort of boring to me but the artifacts and such are really cool though. My daughter was studying ancient Egypt at the time so we spent tons of time going through all the Egyptian exhibits. Amazing how much stuff they have.

  11. I didn't spend 7 hours there but I agree with everything you said. I had such a wonderful time just wandering the lower floor Near East exhibit. Just fascinating to me, and barely anyone was there compared to the Mona Lisa floor

  12. Seeing art you've only seen in books or online in person is a fascinating experience. Like how small the Mona Lisa is, or how fucking big Raft of the Medusa is. Of course presentation helps as well, like David, the way that is set up is masterful. Seeing how damn thick Van Gogh's paint is has always been one of my favorite things to examine in person.

  13. I am a huge art history fan but never considered myself a fan of Van Gogh's until I saw them in person. Some works are absolutely revelatory when you can see them in the flesh. And some are just revealed to be massive disappointments. (Mona Lisa, mainly looking at you, here.)

  14. look at all these unsophisticated plebes, standing in line to see something the size of a postage stamp. how pedestrian of them.

  15. Exactly what i thought. If you like the lower floors you like the lower floors. Why you gotta doss people for wanting to see the Mona lisa

  16. Absolutely, but people in this subreddit praise anything and everything as if they were scared of getting downvoted for using common sense.

  17. I know it's a meme but the lower floors of the Louvre are have some really amazing things especially the statues and the base of the old castle.

  18. "One suggestion has been that the gesture, sometimes performed by figures flanking a sacred tree, is symbolic of fertilization: the "cone" resembles the male date spathe used by Mesopotamian farmers, with water, to artificially fertilize female date-palm trees. It does seem likely that the cone was supposed to hold and dispense water from the bucket in this way, but it is described in Akkadian as a "purifier," and the fact that figures performing this gesture are also shown flanking the king suggests that some purifying or protective meaning is present. "

  19. Those bags are in sculptures all across the planet from different time periods. The fringe/pseudo science explanation is that these figures were either shamans with a sack of hallucinogens or they were "teachers" that were spreading agriculture across the globe with their seed pouches. A more reasonable explanation is that a bag is a useful, simple piece of technology and the art is realist.

  20. The Mona Lisa is so underwhelming in person. You go in expecting a giant wall-hanging, but then it's like the size of a piece of A4 copy paper. It's a great work of art, but just so much smaller than you'd expect.

  21. There was no line when I went (1990, IIRC), but yes, it was underwhelming at first. Much smaller than you’d think. Still, after you stand and look at it for a bit, you can start to admire the subtlety and depth of it. First you say, “Really, that’s it?!” But by the time you walk away, you’re thinking “Wow, humans really are pretty amazing…”

  22. 100%. When I was there the museum had a full DaVinci exhibit. I'm not an art critic, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express so can confidently say Mona Lisa isn't even in DaVincis top 10.

  23. I always pictured the same thing, and the photos you typically see aren't full frame so you don't really get the perspective. A few months ago I saw a perspective picture of it and yea it's much smaller than I previously thought.

  24. How could you expect that when every single person who has seen it in real life has to point out how small it is?

  25. You could look at practically any painting in any museum in the world and have a better experience than in the Mona Lisa room at the Louvre. A bunch of people waving cell phones in the air like they're in a stock exchange.

  26. I went to see it quite a few years ago, with a tremendous crowd. I can say I saw it, but there was too much pressure to just move on once at the front of the line to really look at it, absorb it.

  27. Gotta make sure to make yourself superior to all the plebs at the Mona Lisa—as if it’s not a worthwhile and fun experience just cause others too enjoy it.

  28. OP here pretending they've never once been in that line be to see her. You reckon everyone in the line to see the Mona Lisa are daily visitors or some shit?

  29. That handbag! Graham Hancock talks about that bag showing up in very very very ancient art at Gobekli Tepe (sorry for bad spelling) in Turkey, and also in the Americas

  30. His books are some of the most entertaining reads of my vast library. I legit believe he's onto something, even if some of it is a stretch. But I really hope he puts out another book with more concrete proof that nobody can deny.

  31. Since when is there a line for the Mona Lisa? When I went there it was just a hoard of people pressing their way up to the barrier before spilling around to the sides to escape after ignoring the signs and getting their photo.

  32. It's a line now. You get like thirty seconds to stare at it/get photo as you desire. If you're disabled you get a bit more. It's actually quite better than the first time I went and it was the hoard you are describing. I don't care how underwhelming it is, if I'm at the Louvre I'm looking at the Mona Lisa, you know?

  33. I wasn't paying attention to what was around me as my friend and I were trying to apply our High School French to the brochure to figure out where we were (they ran out of English ones). When I looked up and saw Winged Victory in person it was one of the only things that's ever taken my breath away. That staircase was a super impactful place for it.

  34. To be honest, the Mona Lisa is one of the least impressive paintings in the Louvre. Staring right at it is the “wedding feast at Cana”, which is one of the largest pieces of art I’ve ever seen. Utterly incredible.

  35. The Louvre's collection is massive, and the building takes well over a day to go through. Standing in line seems a bit of a waste.

  36. “Ok babe imma go up to this carving and look up at it. Take a picture of me doing it ok? Thanks babe”

  37. We had several minutes alone with the Venus de Milo while everyone else got in line for that painting. Literally no one but us and that beautiful statue—so awesome.

  38. Oh. An original Handabagaholdmy. The Egyptian god who looked out for men who had to hold their wive's purses. Legend has it, he could restore the masculinity of those serving their wives.

  39. The statue of the ananaki, They were the aliens that visit the Egyptians and gave them knowledge and Advanced technology for the time

  40. ISIL destroyed much of the ancient Assyrian scuptures, so the few surviving pieces are only found in galleries like this :(

  41. It’s not about waiting in line for Mona Lisa. I love the lower floors as well and would wait for them just like for Mona Lisa. It’s about seeing the art that most of us will be able to see only once in a lifetime and Mona Lisa is a piece of art that you don’t want to miss on, just like the lower floors.

  42. Honestly the entirety of the Louvre is pretty fucking amazing. Yeah, Mona Lisa and David are great, but there's so much history and culture from all over the world. Don't get caught up in a couple of famous pieces.

  43. I went to the Louvre and spent 4 hours at the classical and ancient world exhibits. My friends were ready to leave after 2 hours. I wanted to go back the next day. I love that old stuff. Mona Lisa is overhyped

  44. Agreed. Mona Lisa is pretty small and it seems to surprise a lot of people. It was cool to see in person but I agree that there is some truly amazing stuff there and Mona doesn't really rank for me.

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