The Mona Lisa is always held up as the high watermark of great art. In the Louvre, you can’t get near it for all the tourists mobbing it with their cameras. The truth: it’s da Vinci’s most average work, it lacks anything extraordinary, and there’s nothing timeless about it, other than being a piece by a very skilled artist who did many OTHER amazing timings. It’s the most unremarkable painting ever coveted by so many. If the Louvre were on fire, there are hundreds of pieces that should be saved first (ridiculously false monetary value aside).