Miss Mona Lisa is a celebrity of her own right. So is Miss Venus from Milo.
It disturbs me that an object can have such a large cultural significance that it becomes somewhat trivialised. So, Mona Lisa has her own special space in the Louvre. It is so special that nobody can observe the artwork up close anymore (except for the security guards, perhaps). Everybody wants to take picture with Mona Lisa. But nobody could appreciate her beauty up close. That’s sad.
For Venus, her celebrity status has attracted a lot of visitors too. It’s funny how many people photograph her, considering that she is topless, without hands to cover her own bosom. At least one could walk around Venus to observe her (pretty) closely.
Louvre Museum, March 2011.