Young & Battaglia
Mona Lisa Smile Pastiche
Is the Mona Lisa the most famous portrait in the world? With this pastiche you'll have to imagine that enigmatic Mona Lisa smile. This playful parody blends the iconic Leonardo da Vinci painting with the surrealist work of Rene Magritte. The Florentine lady's face is hidden behind a shiny red apple. Wall art has never been so cheeky.
The original portrait by the Italian artist in the 15th century has hung in the Louvre in Paris since 1797. It is has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world." Artists Young and Battaglia have added a new dimension to the painting - by obscuring that unique face with a surrealist apple.
While this is certainly a tongue in cheek art canvas, it's quite thought provoking. It invites us to use our imaginations and conjure up our own ideas. Can we replicate that famous face in our mind's eye? How would she feel about her image being doctored in this way? And would Da Vinci approve of this quirky wall art?
Mona Lisa Apple is part of a series of pastiche pieces where classical paintings are reinvented - removing or obscuring the person in each portrait. This is one example where the face is hidden - the other being Young Woman with a Facial. Other subjects disappear into darkness, leaving just their hands behind as in Hands of King Charles, Hands in Prayer, Hands Holding Flower and Hand Holding Gloves. Others are made completely invisible, such as Girl without a Pearl Earring and Military Costume without Old Man.
If you're looking for a statement piece of wall art this is a wonderful choice. It's both classical and contemporary, beautiful yet fun. It's a framed canvas that comes in four sizes to suit any space or room. It will work beautifully as a feature piece or as part of a gallery wall.
Frame : 1.9cm classic black colour box frame
Lead Time : 1-2 weeks