For several years I've been fascinated by how the most recognizable image on the planet has been used and madeover.
For years, I've been collecting images and objects emblazoned with her many manifestations. Here is a mere fraction of the Mona Lisa finds in my archives.
Future plans for this obsession is a website and a book.
MONA LISA as COVER ART
MONA LISA in ADVERTISING
She has sold everything! Especially enjoy that she was used to sell a herse (upper right) and bubble gum (just underneath the herse). With the gum, users were to chew up different flavors, made in different colors, and afix the umhhh... transformed candy to the bilboard in a paint-by-number fashion.
MONA LISA and FOODSTUFFS
She has been rendered with food as the painting medium.
Pictured is her image created out of fruit roll-ups, coffee, condiments and pasta. But she's also been created using chocolate, lunch meats, jelly beans, sushi, hamburger grease, toast, pasta, peanut butter and jelly and I'm pretty sure any food item you can think of.
MONA LISA on or CREATED with OBJECTS
Here are just a FEW of the portraits made from objects. We've got people, buttons, an etch-a-sketch, computer folder icons, Legos, Post-it Notes and Rubics cubes. But other objects manipulated to create her likeness range from mowed grass to computer parts to electrical light strings adorning sheep!
MONA LISA by ARTISTS
The famous and the infamous have re-created her likeness. Magritte is the first exmple, in the far left top corner. He reduced her smile to a crack on an orb.
Raushenberg, Jasper Johns, Warhol, Keith Harring, a painting I found while traveling in New Zealand, a wrapped Christo, Matt Groeming.... so, so many more artists have made their own da Vinci.
It's fun finding her in so many unexpected places and seeing how she is used to tell so many different stories.