How the Mona Lisa became so overrated

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It’s not just the smile. There are a few real reasons Mona is so famous. Vox’s Phil Edwards looked into it…

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Chris Arias says:

I wanna make Lisa moana

LB2007 says:

When I finally visited Louvre, I was shocked to see how small the most famous painting in the world actually was. lol
A little after that I went to Hermitage in Leningrad (yes the city was still called that) and was shocked to see how HUGE Henri Matisse's "La Danse" was. I loved the latter experience much more

dacsus says:

I has better question – why shits as Suprematist Composition (Kazimir Malevich) or Rust and Blue (or whatever from Mark Rothko) are overrated even more than Mona Lisa (in terms of money)?

Roone Briley says:

Yup. Not the best.

Al Fa says:

I always thought the Joconde was ugly af there is much beautiful paintings

Diamond Tiara says:

what makes me cringe is the background. the sea level LEO, THE LEVEL, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?

also the support. it's wood, it's bad. it always looked like this, despite back then painters knew since middle ages they better use a canvas, but no, leo prefers to paint on polished wood.

Erde Gerda says:

It was the painting that Leonardo Davinci kept taking with him and kept improving up to old age. It is a painting that shows the way he innovated in painting and ofcourse showed how next to all his other accomplishments in his life he was also able to paint. He was a homouniversalis and this has always caught my imagination. The fact that even though this painting was made in commission and was the wife of his commissioner says something about the passion and karakter of the man. I would like to see it in real but everytime i was at the louvre there is a waiting line that scares me 🙂 If you go on wiki and search for the painting you can see it in extreem detail in a foto. I would recommend doing that.

Paul P says:

Would have been genius for the Louvre to stage the theft of the painting, create controversy and media attention, and then 'return' it when there was a massive market. They have probably made billions off that painting since it was returned.

Kushal Rijal says:

If Mona Lisa is overrated then what about Modern Arts????

Red Pink and twice says:

IT'S JUST FINE.

Christy Langley says:

You are the only one. Just so you know. I don't do this with anyone else. Just don't want you to think I'm sort weird person. I wish you were here right now. I could use a belly rub. And a kiss. And to be told I'm a good girl. Because I am. Unless I think of you and then I'm bad and need disciplining….I always desire to be told what to do by you, as long of course as I'm on my back and able to enjoy it….

Panic! At The Ryan Ross says:

WWWWWHHHHHHOOOOOOAAAAAAAA MONA LISA GUARANTEE TO RUN THIS TOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( send help løl)

Aeimos says:

Sounds like the reputation is earned.

Gabriela Petrova says:

What's the music in the background?

Potato Ciara Lps and more! says:

0:29

riaaz jem says:

It's just painting nothing more.

PARK JIMIN 지민 is my bias says:

Its for meme purposes.

Sam the gamer says:

What if after it was stolen it was replaced… and atm there is a FAKE painting hanging!
But why?
So, that France could earn money from all that media coverage it got…

Paulina Diaz says:

So if I stole something famous I can make it more famous

Daenys the Dreamer says:

I've seen the Mona Lisa in person at the Louvre, and honestly, it's not that impressive. It's small with a huge frame. Sometimes the myth is better than reality.

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