Interesting. I’m not a huge Andy Warhol fan, but his quip about why not just make a copy of the Mona Lisa actually seems kinda valid. Books are copies. I don’t feel the need to read the original version of a book. I like live music and acting, but mostly I consume music and acting that’s been recorded. So why’s there so much emphasis on consuming the unique original when it comes to paintings?
I saw the Mona Lisa once when I was in Paris, and I did sort of feel like I was seeing it just to have seen it. I was more amazed by how amazed all the other tourists were to be in its presence. I mean, sure, it’s a nice painting. It was smaller than I thought it’d be. Mona Lisa does have a mysterious smile. And her eyes do sort of follow you, but not like the paintings on Scooby-Doo.