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This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum

Planning to see Monalisa at Louvre Museum with a few pairs of eyes staring at Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece? Good luck with that! Getting closer to the painting? Hmmmnnn… You really have to be patient and brave as you slowly snake your way to the front view. Don’t worry about a couple of stops – you’ll get there. 😀

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum

Where is Monalisa. The painting of Monalisa by Leonardo da Vinci is, no doubt, Louvre Museum’s most famous art piece. Inside, the painting is placed in a temperature-controlled room and it is encased in a bullet-proof glass.

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

My Interpretation Monalisa’s Smile. With a crowd in front of her, it is easy to decipher Monalisa’s smile nowadays. She might look smiling but those eyes can’t lie. That look is a look of disgust! LOL… 😀 Maybe, she’s thinking, “What the…? Look, I’m just a painting!” 😀

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

The Crowd. As you can see in these photos, the crowd is unbelievably thick. Everyone wants to take a selfie with her in the background. Could that be possible? Yes, it is, but good luck finding a good angle. 😀

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

The Painting’s Monetary Value. If Monalisa is going to be sold today, it would cost you $790 million. It is the world’s most expensive painting with the highest insurance value. I wonder what would Da Vinci do with the money if he were alive today?

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

Picasso Stole The Monalisa? In 1911, the painting disappeared with no traces. Picasso, the Father of Cubism Art, was detained and questioned by the authorities. He was later let go because he was proven innocent.

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

Who is Monalisa? The debate still continues until today. But, here are three famous assumptions about the woman on the painting. First, many believed it’s Lisa Gherardini, the wife of an Italian merchant.  Second, it’s a self portrait of Leonardo himself. Third, the image is a combination of Lisa and Gian Giacomo Caprotti, Leonardo’s gay lover.

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

Was Leonardo Gay? Well, some historians believe so. He’s only in relationship with a woman on his canvas. And if you’re going to look at it, a lot of his paintings are of men. In fact, when he was young, he was arrested on the charge of sodomy in 1476. The charges were dropped and he escaped to live in Milan. And here, he painted the world’s most famous fresco, “The Last Supper.” Again, surrounded by men. 😉 Ok, the Christians might accuse me of fake news but here’s the link to read on.

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

This is the Crowd in Front of Monalisa at Louvre Museum (Paris, France).

Where to Stay in Paris

Don’t look any further – stay at St Christopher Hostel / Inn at Gare du Nord. It’s accessible to public transport, cafes, restaurants, bars and grocery shops. Rooms are clean and spacious. It’s safe, too. The hostel has its own security guards manning the entrance.

Related: Pyramids at Louvre Museum at Night

 

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