THE MANY FACES OF MONA LISA

This week I have the great pleasure of introducing the Photoshop software to a class of junior high art students. I didn’t even hear about Photoshop until my senior year of high school, and I can only imagine the possibilities that would have opened up to me, had I known about the program in junior high.

We’re learning to use the basic tools in Photoshop with a project focused on Leonardo da Vinci. We’ll be taking a high-resolution image of the Mona Lisa painting and coupling it with his thoughts on simplicity: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” The project is to arrange the image and text in a satisfying way using cropping, shapes, font and color.

The Mona Lisa is such a ubiquitous image, I thought it would be fun to dig up some variations of the mystery woman. Here’s what I found:

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Do you have a favorite? Do you think it’s okay to make variations of a famous work of art? Leave your comments below!

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7 Responses to “THE MANY FACES OF MONA LISA”
  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Wow! There’s a lot of variety there!

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    Reblogged this on The Artistic Spider's Web and commented:
    THE MANY FACES OF MONA LISA

  3. Oh my heaven, I love the Jelly Belly one so much. I think variations on famous works of art should be allowed, and are a good thing, in general.

  4. RoosterTree says:

    These reimaginings are wonderful. The arts has a long tradition of homage (though some artists are less flattered than others).

    • Jess Smart Smiley says:

      In the case of the Mona Lisa, it seems like she is still in the public eye in large part because of the derivatives. So long as she continues to be referenced, she’s still relevant, even though most of us don’t see anything significant in the original.

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