“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”—Susan Sontag (via museoleum)
The fact about the Louvre being evacuated is true, however, most of the pictures are fake. Ie, the Mona Lisa? The actual Mona Lisa is about the size of a piece of paper. Everyone believes it to be huge, so when you show pictures of it being excavated, and the painting is big, it's a fake
i’m guessing you are referring to this image i posted here:
it isn’t fake.
photographer pierre jahan (1909-2003) took this picture in 1945 while documenting the return of works to the louvre after the war. his work is published here.
and also, while she looks tiny compared to more monumental canvases, the mona lisa isn’t as itty bitty as a piece of paper. the painting is actually roughly 30 by 21 inches (so ~3x the size your standard printer paper). for comparison here’s another pic from 1945 (also by pierre jahan):
…and one more from 1914 (following its recovery after the 1911 theft):