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Alone with Mona

A rare moment alone with the Mona Lisa

The official website for the Louvre Museum contains a wealth of information.  The other day I came accross a section I'd never seen called "A Closer Look." This area provides an environment for in-depth study of a small number of the better known works in the collection.  While I strive to post unusual images for this series, I thought this informative take on an almost too-famous picture was worth a post.  As the narrator points out, most people look at the picture without really seeing it.  The reality is that it's quite difficult to get close to her and the crowds looking at the picture can make it difficult to concentrate.  So a chance to look at her closely and reflect thoughtfully is in itself unusual.  One especially fun feature is the chance to see images of the reverse side of the picture and the restoration that's been done over the centuries.

Following the fun flash intro, you will be presented with a vaguely intuitive interface.  To start the audio and video commentary, click the arrow on the top right side.  To select other topics on the same subject click one of the links on the top left side. Enjoy!

The Mona Lisa - A Closer Look

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