I’m standing in front of the Mona Lisa. Or to be more precise, I’m standing behind a guy with a camera, who is standing behind a guy with a camera phone, who is standing in front of the Mona Lisa.
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Roughly 10 million people pass through the doors of the glass triangle and into the maze each year. It’s a staple on the Paris tourist trail.
But as I’m standing in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait, I can’t help but feel like I’m in some sort of Black Mirror-esque parody of modern culture.
Tourists of all shapes and sizes are falling over one another trying to take a picture of the half-metre frame behind the bulletproof glass. Many probably leave having only actually seen the painting through their monitors.