~aventures du louchette flâneurse: 43ème~

December 27th, 2009

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Lost a day and night to food poisoning, both of us, presumably via the dreaded shellfish! Discover a passion for oysters and the price of such passion in one go…

We did manage to drag ourselves through the Louvre, where Alfonso had never been. It was a sea of humans and alleged “masterpieces.” When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911 (recovered 1913)–according to John Berger in that seminal Art History 101 text, Ways of Seeing–droves of people came to witness the empty spot where it had hung (see below), in other words, it’s absence. Aesthetic experience as experience of loss? Make of it what you will…

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