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A video by Atlanta artist Corey Barksdale protesting the fame and prestige of the Mona Lisa. This video is a response to the Youtube video Testing the Mona Lisa.

http://www.coreybarksdale.com/

Fame

Historian Donald Sassoon cataloged the growth of the painting's fame. During the mid-1800s, Théophile Gautier and the Romantic poets were able to write about Mona Lisa as a femme fatale because Lisa was an ordinary person. Mona Lisa "...was an open text into which one could read what one wanted; probably because she was not a religious image; and, probably, because the literary gazers were mainly men who subjected her to an endless stream of male fantasies." During the 20th century, the painting was stolen, an object for mass reproduction, merchandising, lampooning and speculation, and was reproduced in "300 paintings and 2,000 advertisements".[30] The subject was described as deaf, in mourning,[31] toothless, a "highly-paid tart", various people's lover, a reflection of the artist's neuroses, and a victim of syphilis, infection, paralysis, palsy, cholesterol or a toothache.[30] Scholarly as well as amateur speculation assigned Lisa's name to at least four different paintings[32] and the sitter's identity to at least ten different people.[33]
Crowd in front of Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Visitors generally spend about 15 seconds viewing the Mona Lisa.
Crowd in front of Mona Lisa at the Louvre. Visitors generally spend about 15 seconds viewing the Mona Lisa.[34]

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