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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
No More Stuffy Art, Thanks to Pope
It seems that visitors to the world renouned Louvre art museum in Paris is allowing many visitors to not take art like a shot in the arm. "It's the only experience I've had in a museum where you come out on a high and filled with energy," one visitor reported. And who is responsible for museum visitors getting charged up? Indirectly it's the Pope and all that the office stands for but most especially what the Papacy has not done. More specifically, people are getting high on art (I'm assuming it's not from the turpentine fumes but you never know) all thanks to mystery novelist Dan Brown's bestselling The DaVinci Code. The novel claims that Leonardo DaVinci, painter of Mona Lisa knew a secret about Jesus that few others knew except a French royal family which had much to gain from it, and the Pope whom Brown blames for covering up. The information that DaVinci held was that Jesus was married to Mary Magdeline, and he preserved the secret in his famous depiction of the Last Supper (If you haven't read the book yet, here's a good rundown of the claims made by Brown). Now many readers of Brown's hit, whether they believe the theories or not have found their way to the Louvre which houses the Last Supper and Mona Lisa, and is the location for much of the novel's action. Enough people came that the Louvre found out and instead of sticking their noses up (which they have every right to do) the tour guides are researching the book to answer the questions of guests. It is probably not the place of such a respectable art institution to lay down judgement on their colleagues in leterature, or at least that's the attitude at the Louvre.
Posted at 8:37 PM