For some strange reason, thousands of people I want Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa. To clarify, the Mona Lisa in question is not eating, it is probably the same Mona Lisa you think – the painting by Leonardo da Vinci that lives in the Louvre museum in Paris.
Earlier this week, a online petition for Bezos to buy and eat the famous painting immediately began to take traction. The funny thing is that the petition is not even new, it was started a year ago by a Maryland musician named Kane Powell. Powell said Vice that he and his friends were in an Applebee talking about Bezos, since Amazon was in the news at the time, and said he should buy it “just because he has the money to make it.” He would make a huge statement, he said.
However, Powell and his friends were not done. Powell said Bezos not only had to buy the painting, but that he had to eat it too. When asked why recommended to Bezos to eat the painting, Powell gave a simple answer: “Honestly I don’t know.”
When he created the petition, Powell seemed to have a clearer idea.
“Nobody ate the smooth mona and we feel that jeff bezos needs to take a stand and make this situation happen,” he wrote.
As crazy as it sounds, there are now people talking about what it would actually mean if Bezos bought and ate the Mona Lisa and what could happen to it.
When it comes to what Bezos is best known for, being the richest man in the world, money seems to be the easiest part. It’s not easy to put a price on the painting, even if some have tried it. Last year, French technology CEO Stéphane Distinguin suggested it could be sold for at least $ 60 billion, Vice noted. The money could be used to treat pandemic-related losses, he argued. It would be more than 100 times the cost of the highest selling art price in history –Salvator Mundi, also by da Vinci — but with a net worth of $ 200 billion, Bezos could afford it.
The other question, eating it, apparently wouldn’t be so strange in the art world. Amy Adler, an art law expert and professor at New York University School of Law, told the New York Times that Bezos ’hypothetical idea of understanding and eating the painting would fall back“ into the tradition of destroying art as a way of creating art ”. Other artists have performed this practice in recent decades, said Adler, such as Robert Rauschenberg, who spent a month canceling a drawing of Willem de Kooning in 1953.
The result Canceled Kooning Drawing is part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“The power of Canceled Kooning Drawing derives from the attraction of the invisible and from the enigmatic nature of Rauschenberg’s decision to cancel a de Kooning. Was it an act of homage, provocation, humor, patricide, destruction, or, as Rauschenberg once suggested, celebration? “writes the museum.”Canceled Kooning Drawing eludes easy answers, his mysterious beginnings leaving him open to a range of present and future interpretations ”.
Although money and perception would not be an issue, it seems that the biggest challenge comes from actually ingesting the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci painted it on a fine-grained tree board and covered it with a thick blanket of lead-white lead, Vice explains. You know, lead, the same substance you can kill you. The artist also used pigments in his palettes made of silica, iron oxide, tin oxide and bone powder, among others.
However, judging by the reaction of the Louvre, it seems that there is little probability that Bezos would have the possibility to buy the Mona Lisa, much less eat it.
“We have seen the petition but the Musée du Louvre will not comment,” said Sophie Grange, the museum’s deputy director of communications at a statement.