Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

February 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm 24 comments

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One of my favorite paintings of all time is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). There was a time when I thought she even looked like my crush in college with her long dark hair parted in the middle. Well, that was before she broke my heart.

When I visited the Louvre Museum in Paris a couple of years ago, I got the chance to see the Mona Lisa in person. There she was with her enigmatic smile shielded by a thick bulletproof glass. If there was a surprise, it was her dimensions measuring a mere 31 x 21 inches. I always thought she was much bigger than that.

I didn’t have a hard time finding her. But I had a hard time taking a picture of her because of the crowd that couldn’t get enough of her. I guess that’s how it is when your reputation precedes you.

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  • 1. mschrysalis  |  February 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I remember having that same reaction … how small the painting actually is. I also remember this large room full of amazing art and the crush of people solely in front of the Mona Lisa. Thanks for the ping and follow … patrice

    • 2. plaridel  |  February 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm


      shockingly small, indeed. if anything, she proves that size doesn’t really matter.

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  • 4. Kathy Waller  |  February 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I was surprised at how small she is, too. I remember not only the crowd but also the swishing of shutters.

    • 5. plaridel  |  February 6, 2015 at 7:30 pm


      just wondering, did you get a chance to take her picture?

  • 6. joliepetitemaison  |  February 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I thought the same thing when I saw her…I thought she would be bigger!

    • 7. plaridel  |  February 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm


      i hear you.

  • 8. Leigh W. Smith  |  February 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Nice, Plaridel! The little painting that roared . . .

    • 9. plaridel  |  February 7, 2015 at 10:02 am


      the little painting that roared…i liked that.

  • 10. Teresa Oh  |  February 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    You explained the experience exactly the way it was when I visited the museum years back. The sea of the back of admirers’ heads made the painting even smaller.

    • 11. plaridel  |  February 7, 2015 at 10:02 am


      i guess the feeling of just being there compensated for seeing more of the backs of people’s heads than the painting itself.

  • 12. dunelight  |  February 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    It is marvelous that you got to see her in person. I like the zooming out effect you got with the series of 3 shots.

    Thanks for linking me. I am an idiot and erased the post before I realized it was linked. If you are still interested in the photos they are here now: https://dunelight.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/weekly-word-challenge-scale-amidships/

    • 13. plaridel  |  February 7, 2015 at 10:03 am


      got it. thank you.

  • 14. iMagll  |  February 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I was shocked at the size of the Mona Lisa too. But the image that captivated me at The Louvre in that room was the painting of The Last Supper opposite the Mona Lisa.

    • 15. plaridel  |  February 7, 2015 at 10:04 am


      i think everybody who saw her did.

  • 16. Vlad Zaycev  |  February 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    You have very beautiful blog! I enjoy it! I will be glad to see you at me in the blog.

    • 17. plaridel  |  February 7, 2015 at 3:19 pm


      you’re very kind. i’ll take a look of your blog tonight.

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  • 20. Suzanne Joshi  |  February 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I also thought the painting was larger. Good piece, Plaridel. 🙂

    • 21. plaridel  |  February 9, 2015 at 9:23 am


      almost everybody does. 🙂

  • 22. MythRider  |  February 10, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Well, it’s true, great things can come in small packages.
    Never been to the Louvre. Would love too.

    • 23. plaridel  |  February 10, 2015 at 7:20 pm


      hope you do. it’ll be worthwhile.

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