Today, nearly anything we desire is available to us online, at our very fingertips, at a moment’s notice. Including priceless works of art that have been stored away at the Louvre for hundreds of years. Some may even argue that they don’t need to travel to France to see the art because they already pay $19.95 a month for Internet service. That may, in fact, be true. You no longer need to fly for 10 hours, spend loads of money, and learn French to see (some) of what’s available at the Louvre.

Sure, you can see some of what’s there. Probably the most impressive pieces like Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. But can you really appreciate them without spending time with the genuine article and viewing it with your own eyes? It could be argued that appreciation comes with time and that simply seeing art rarely leads to true appreciation.

Being that we live in the 21st century and that each of us likely has a camera within arm’s reach at this very moment, relying on memory has become less and less of a necessity. Such has become the case at the Louvre. Visitors breeze in, snap photos, and make their way to the exit, presumably to review their shots at some later date and remember their trip to the museum. Can anyone really appreciate art this way, or are they simply observing it and checking it off a list of vacation “to-do’s”?

Our website design Orange County firm thinks that art deserves to be examined and evaluated by it’s viewers. After all, that’s what the artist was probably hoping for. Even though we’re all about design and communicating a very specific message, we still think that it’s important for art to be interpreted in different ways based on a person’s point of view. What do you think?

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