#187 – The Mona Lisa


Nov 23 2011

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This shirt, featuring the lovely Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, was bought by Cori, in France.

Cori: When I was 15, I went on a school trip to France, led by my French teacher.  It was an amazing trip, and I hope to visit those places again and take Skotte with me.

We landed in Geneva, Switzerland, and then took a bus to the South of France.  We saw Alps, Monaco and Eze, and walked along the beach in Nice. Then we worked our way north.  My mom went on the trip with me, and we danced “sur le pont d’Avignon.”  We ate the most bland squash soup and nearly broke our teeth on rock hard bread. I climbed the Eiffel Tower (all 1372 steps – I counted) and was mesmerized by the gardens of Marseille. I saw my first lady of the night in Paris.

But let me tell you…  Seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre was amazing.  It was not what I expected at all.  The painting is much smaller than I anticipated.  There was also a huge crowd, and it was hard to get close.  You had to fight your way through, almost like the crowd in a Green Day mosh pit.  The gently smiling woman is encased to protect it from flash photography and grabby hands.

The shirt has been well loved.  I wore the heck out of it during high school and college. The image on the shirt is starting to crack and crumble.  To quote Tyler Durden of Fight Club:  Even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.

I was extremely moved by the statues in the museum.  My favorite piece was the Venus de Milo.  I never imagined it being so incredible up close.

Back to the shirt – I didn’t get it at the Louvre however.  I bought it from a vendor in Montmartre.  The woman who sold it to me was English, and looked like a fashion plate.  She had platinum blond short hair cut artistically.  After calling me out as an American tourist, I quickly purchased the shirt and ran to rejoin my friends with my new wearable art.

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