Great Job, Internet!: Why do we care so much about the Mona Lisa?

There’s a palpable sense of unease that tends to afflict tourists when they look upon something the world has deemed awe-inspiring and feel not a single ounce of interest. Stonehenge is just some rocks. The Grand Canyon’s just a hole. And Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa? It’s just a painting. A kinda boring one. It’s also—as you’ll know if you’ve ever had the opportunity to see it—really, really small.

For those unaware of its history, it’s easy to feel as if you’re missing something, that your brain lacks the necessary wrinkle to appreciate true art. But the truth is that the Mona Lisa‘s appeal has less to do with its content than it does its history, the likes of which is lost to most that travel to gaze upon it. Luckily, Great Big Story is here to illuminate …

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