At the Louvre, Many Snap but Few Focus, and Mona Lisa Smiles On

At the Louvre, Many Snap but Few Focus, and Mona Lisa Smiles On

“At the same time, the canon of art that provided guideposts to tell people where to go and what to look at was gradually dismantled. A core of shared values yielded to an equality among visual materials. This was good and necessary, up to a point. Millions of images came to compete for our attention. Liberated by a proliferation, Western culture was also set adrift in an ocean of passing stimulation, with no anchors to secure it.”