When I saw the Mona Lisa in person for the first time I could not help but feel underwhelmed. I knew the face of the woman staring back at me but the intimacy was lost. I concluded that this was because I have seen her face repeatedly on TV and computer screens, which had become my definitive image of the painting. So I explored the positives and negatives of viewing oil paintings in this format; the celebration of accessibility, the image breaking out of the confines of the elites’ private collections and free for all with the internet.
The poignant change of the image, by being framed in the mundane and to a scale the artist never intended.