The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world and each year, millions of people flock to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France to see her smile.
Leonardo Da Vinci's most popular work of art has fascinated everyone who has come to see it, even famous stars like Beyonce and Jay Z, who even included her and the museum in a music video. There is no doubt that people from all over the world buy tickets just to see this small masterpiece, but first-timers to the Louvre will want to do some preparation before making their way to the museum.
There are a number of things to expect when seeing the Mona Lisa. If visitors do not go to the Louvre right when it opens or during their late night hours, they can expect crowds hovering over the Mona Lisa and even some pushing and shoving.
Here are things to expect if you are planning on seeing Da Vinci's most alluring work.
Tourists Buy Tickets To The Louvre Just To See The Mona Lisa So Expect Crowds
The Mona Lisa is by far the most famous painting housed in The Louvre, in Paris, France and people from all over the world visit the museum just to see it. The Leonardo Da Vinci painting is so beloved by artists and art enthusiasts because of her mischievous smile and overall beauty.
Tourists should expect large crowds to see the Mona Lisa. When the museum was going through renovations, one museum-goer stated that he waited in line for over an hour and having less than a minute to stand in front of the painting before being told to keep walking. However, travelers should expect to feel a lot more cramped in the area that houses the Mona Lisa than other parts of the museum, which sometimes are entirely empty.
Mona Lisa Rules Here, Everything Else Seems Secondary To Tourists
Every year, more than six million people make a trip to the Louvre to see the famous Mona Lisa painting. This small painting of a woman may seem simple to some, but it clearly has become the most famous and fascinating painting in the entire world.
Leonardo Da Vinci took four years to complete the painting, starting it around 1503 or 1504. He used several different painting techniques that went away from the standards of contemporary art at the time, which has also made the painting so famous. Besides his techniques of not using lines or borders to begin his painting, Mona Lisa's smile has also been a point of conversation for hundreds of years. Da Vinci has created an optical illusion that appears as though she is smiling and then she is not.
Expect People Elbowing One Another To Get Closer To The Painting
With so many people rushing to see the Mona Lisa, tourists can expect to get elbowed by others who want an up-close view of Da Vinci's masterpiece. Visitors will want to go to the Louvre Museum right when it opens or a lot later in the day to avoid getting elbowed or even shoved.
To see the Mona Lisa, it's always advised to purchase tickets in advance and you'll avoid waiting in line at the security entrance and then wait again in a ticket line. What's great about ordering these e-tickets in advance is not only do you skip long lines that can take hours, you'll have a timeslot selection, which is great to plan around your entire trip.
There Will Be Some Pushing And Shoving If You Don't Decide To Go Once They Open
Many past visitors to the Louvre Museum urge first-timers to go once the museum opens or to come at night on Wednesday or Friday when the museum stays open until 9:45 p.m. The museum opens at 9 a.m., so if you are an early bird, make sure to be there at the time it opens so you can enjoy the Mona Lisa without getting pushed around by other visitors.
The Louvre houses many masterpieces that are being overlooked because so many visitors want to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. After you enjoy his work, make sure to see the famous Greek statue, Venus de Milo, the Nike of Samothrace sculpture, the painting of Liberty Leading the People, and so many more exquisite works of art you cannot see anywhere else.
It's Smaller Than You Think
Many visitors to the Louvre Museum are surprised at just how small the Mona Lisa is. The oil-on-wood panel painting measures 30 inches by 21 inches and weighs 18 pounds. Maybe that is why tourists are literally on top of each other to get a closer look at her.
Even if you don't end up going to the museum right when it opens, you will still enjoy the Mona Lisa. Visitors might be a little pushy and you might get elbowed here or there, but so is everyone else.