The lady at the museum told me the price of the ticket and I handed her the cash. Then she looked me up and down and remarked that, of course, I wasn’t old enough for a senior discount. “Actually I am,“ I said. “In fact I’m almost a year older than that.” I got a skeptical eyebrow raise and a whole dollar back.
It was a special traveling hands-on exhibit I went in to see. There were rooms full of interactive machines created from Leonardo da Vinci’s own notes.
Over the stairway was a life-size reproduction of The Last Supper. Replicas of some of his other famous works such as, The Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks, and the big horizontal Annunciation filled the upstairs gallery.
The original of The Last Supper is 15 by 29 feet and was painted with tempera paints on the back wall of a dining hall in
Mona Lisa on the other hand was begun in
Italy, then she was moved to France where she lived in castles and palaces and then went to the Louvre in . She was stolen in 1911 and Pablo Picasso was one of the suspects of the crime. He was exonerated. Paris
Two years later Mona Lisa was discovered back in
where she got a grand tour of the country and was finally returned to the Louvre. During World War II she traveled around Italy to be kept safe from damage. From December 1962 to March 1963, the French government lent her to the United States to be displayed in New York City and Washington D.C. In 1974, the painting was exhibited in France Tokyo and . She is over 500 years old and an international commission convened in 1952 noted that, "the picture is in a remarkable state of preservation." Moscow
I learned a lot that day at the museum. Mona Lisa taught me I should get out of the house, travel to new places and meet lots of different people if I wanted to continue to hide birthdays.