A Meeting with the Mona Lisa

MonaLisaUnless I come back to The Louvre in Paris any time soon, this will be the closest I will ever get to the Mona Lisa.

When we finally arrived in the large room that showcased her, there was a certain excitement in the air, and a big crowd of people flocking to take a picture. There were ropes that prevented people from getting too close and ropes to divide the crowd into lines.

It took at least 15 minutes to get to the front where I could take a decent photo, although I wasn’t too happy with my angle and the resulting reflection from what looked like thick bullet-proof glass, perhaps.

But, I’m glad I had the experience of viewing the painting firsthand.

I felt like crying, having viewed her in person, but held back my inner emotions. I’ve seen this painting countless times in books and other published media, but there is nothing like actually meeting her in person for the first time.

It was a very moving experience.

. . . .

Random Words of Wisdom

…under no circumstances
should you lose hope

hopelessness is a real
cause of failure

remember, you can
overcome any problem

be calm, even when the
external environment is
confused and complicated;
it will have little effect if
your mind is at peace

on the other hand, if your
mind gives way to anger
then even when the world
is at peace and comfortable
peace of mind will elude you…

—The Dalai Lama

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

8 thoughts on “A Meeting with the Mona Lisa

  • Friday August 26, 2005 at 7:21 pm
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    Wow that’s awesome! Sounds like you had a great time Carlos.

  • Friday August 26, 2005 at 11:21 am
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    Wow that’s awesome! Sounds like you had a great time Carlos.

  • Friday August 26, 2005 at 10:28 pm
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    the uneven background of the mona lisa is the only thing in that painting that bothers me. actually, no.. the lack of eyebrows is annoying too.

    i want to go to the louvre so badly. did you see the winged victory?

  • Friday August 26, 2005 at 2:28 pm
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    the uneven background of the mona lisa is the only thing in that painting that bothers me. actually, no.. the lack of eyebrows is annoying too.

    i want to go to the louvre so badly. did you see the winged victory?

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