The Mona in Me
from the classic series
Exploring classic redux.
Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine silk merchant, was painted by Leonardo da Vinci as a commission work (c. 1503–1506) that celebrated, apparently, the Giocondos’ new home and the birth of their second son, Andrea. We know the work as the “Mona Lisa”. ref. Wikipedia
She seems so young doesn’t she? I used to consider her older and mature, in my childhood and teens. But, today, she doesn’t seem older than 18 (if you look beyond the effects of Chiaroscuro and Sfumato). I guess they married young in the Renaissance era.
The other young woman in the picture is me, at 19, posing for a professional photographer who caught me on campus and asked for an impromptu photo shoot – my first.
When he sent this photograph back to my family home, he attached a thank-you note that said all photographers look for their “Mona Lisa”, and that I was his. Photographers really know what to say, don’t they. :))
So when I was mid way with this classic redux, combining an image of the masterpiece with my abstract digital painting, I could not resist the urge (my first) to just take a peek to try and “see” what he meant. Just experimenting, here, and enjoying the process… and, admittedly, the outcome.
Digital Collage by F.A. Moore, June 3, 2010
Dimensions: 5000 × 3333 pixels @300ppi
Software: Corel Painter Essentials, PSE 6/Mac
Process: Original abstract created in PSE and Painter was over and under-layered and blended with the collaged images of the Mona Lisa and self. Erased portions for under-layers to show, etc.
Public domain image of the Mona Lisa