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Studying the Masters

Before I got married, I had a roommate, who would occasionally go on business trips. One of her extended trips was to London, and her employer rented out a two bedroom flat for her. With permission from her employer, she asked me if I wanted to tag along since there was an extra room in her place. There was no need to twist my arm … my bags were packed in no time. I did the touring and exploring of the city on my own since she had to work during the day. I decided to set aside a day and boarded an early morning train to Paris, a dream come true for me. One day was not really enough, but I tried to make the most of it. I ended up spending most of my time at the Musee du Louvre, which surprised even me. I’m not an artsy person, but I lost myself from one part of the museum to the next. Of course, I couldn’t visit the famous museum without seeing the even more famous painting, Mona Lisa. On my way to see this well-known woman, I saw this guy …


That’s called “Studying the Masters”, my sister later told me. She’s the artsy one in the family.

One of my son’s few obsessions is the Mona Lisa (or “Mona Lisia” as he calls her). I told him I saw her in France a long time ago, and he was wide-eyed and asked if we could go there, not realizing it’s not quite that easy for us. Mona Lisa will just have to wait before meeting her number one fan. In the meantime, he has decided to do some “Studying the Masters” himself.



Special Note: I searched high and low at our local library for an age-appropriate book on the Mona Lisa, but I came up with nothing. Many thanks to Betty Jo at Still Learning Something New for recommending some children’s books on the Mona Lisa. Gabriel absolutely loves Steal Back the Mona Lisa!

12 thoughts on “Studying the Masters”

      1. I’m sure that is quite a blessing and fun experience for some kids. It’s old news to a lot of them but for some it still has some fascination for them.

        I’m glad he enjoyed seeing his art displayed like that.

  1. I remember thinking that the Mona Lisa was really small, and there was a barricade around so I couldn’t get a closer look. The rest of the art at the Lourve was impressive. I enjoyed the sculptures in particular.
    Your son’s drawings captured the essence of the paintings 🙂

    1. I was expecting the Mona Lisa to be this grand painting on the wall. I had the same experience as you … it was hard to get a good first look because of the crowds. I actually went back a second time when there was less people to get a “front row” view.

      1. yes, after the giant paintings along the corridors, the Mona Lisa seemed tiny in comparison. Unfortunately I didn’t get to spend a lot of time at the Lourve… there was so much to see!

  2. So cute ! What talent! I too got to see Mona L. live. She was smaller than I expected but still impressive. Not that I know anything about art. I remember being more impressed with the statue of David, but I can’t remember if that was also at the Louvre? I was 17 and on a class trip, hungover because we were old enough to pass for drinking age in France and went a bit nuts.

    1. Yes, I was surprised at how small the painting was too. It was cool to see the real thing in person! I’m actually glad my boy is a bit obsessed with it … I don’t think I would’ve taken the time to learn about the painting and its history if he wasn’t.

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