Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci): Painting Parodies

Mona Lisa (La Gioconda / La Joconde / Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo)

Retouched from Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France
Retouched from Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France | Source

Leonardo da Vinci’s Early Years

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519 was born in Vinci, Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Piero (ser is a title given to upper middle-class landholders)—a man who lived in the town of Vinci—and a woman known only as Caterina. Leonardo’s father was a fifth generation notary public, an impartial and independent legal advisor. His mother was a peasant woman thought to have been a barmaid.

Leonardo’s father acknowledged him and had him baptized. He didn’t allow Leonardo to live in his household, however. Instead, Piero sent Leonardo and Caterina to live in a peasant’s home in a nearby village.

When Leonardo was four years old, his father married a 16-year-old girl. Piero’s wife was unable to bear children, so Piero moved Leonardo into the household, which consisted of Piero, his young wife, Piero’s parents, and his brother.

Andrea del Verrochio's Baptism of Christ. Leonardo da Vinci painted the angel of the extreme left.
Andrea del Verrochio's Baptism of Christ. Leonardo da Vinci painted the angel of the extreme left. | Source

When Leonardo was 15, his father recognized that he had artistic talent. Piero took Leonardo to Florence, the largest city in the part of Italy in which they lived, and apprenticed him to the studio of Andrea del Verrochio, a painter, sculptor, worker in precious metals and jewels, and pageant and costume designer. At first, Verrochio entrusted Leonardo with small tasks in his studio.

In 1472, Leonardo was permitted to paint the entire figure of an angel in Verrochio's Baptism of Christ. The exquisite portrayal of the angel in blue on the extreme left of the painting caused Verrochio to acknowledge that the apprentice was more talented than his master.

Also in 1472, Leonardo painted the first painting enitrely on his own, Annunciation.

Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation, the first painting the artist created in its entirety. Leonardo painted this at the ago of 20. The figures don't appear to have as much "depth" and detail as those in his later works.
Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation, the first painting the artist created in its entirety. Leonardo painted this at the ago of 20. The figures don't appear to have as much "depth" and detail as those in his later works. | Source

Leonardo da Vinci's Two Most Famous Paintings

Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 in Amboise, France at the age of 67. During his lifetime, Leonardo produced 13,000 pages of notes and drawings in his journals and a dozen paintings. Leonardo's two most famous works are The Last Supper, the most-reproduced religious painting in the world, and Mona Lisa (La Gioconda / La Joconde / Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo), the most parodied painting in the world.

Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. The painting fell into disrepair within years of its being painted. It unfortunately cannot be restored any better than it already has been.
Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. The painting fell into disrepair within years of its being painted. It unfortunately cannot be restored any better than it already has been. | Source
The Last Supper
Mona Lisa
181 inches (460 centimeters) x 346 inches (890 centimeters)
30 inches (77 centimeters) x 20-7/8 inches (53 centimeters)
Tempera on a dry wall sealed with pitch, gesso, and mastic
Oil on wood
Commissioned by Duke Ludovico Sforza and Duchess Beatrice d'Este
Commissioned by Francesco del Giocondo
Current location: Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy
Current location: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

What is a parody?

A parody is a literary work, artistic work—such as a painting or sculpture, or piece of music that imitates another creation. The work is not intended to be a reproduction or copy. It was created for comic relief, to make fun of the original, to ridicule it.

Who was Lisa Gherardini?

Lisa Gherardini (June 15, 1479 to July 15, 1542 or 1551) was Mona Lisa, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. She was married at the age of 15 to a much older man, a cloth and silk merchant. Very little is known about Mona Lisa other than that she had five children, and her husband Francesco commissioned Leonardo da Vinci, a neighbor of theirs, to paint her portrait, beginning in 1503.

Why copies and parodies of Mona Lisa?

For more than five centuries, artists have been painting and sculpting Mona Lisa.They have used traditional painting methods, and they have used Adobe Photoshop and other graphics software tools. In all of the research I have done, and in all that I have read over the years, no one has explained why.

Was it the aerial perspective background with its many dozens of layers of glaze? Was it Mona Lisa's smile, with the shadows at the corners of her mouth giving her grin an upturned look?

I can't decide what the reasons are for the many copies and parodies of the portrait of Mona Lisa. If you have a theory, please post it in the comments section.

Following are some of the best, worst, and funniest examples.

After Image Painting of Mona Lisa

Dimitri Parent's After Image Painting of Mona Lisa (2009), The artist's instructions are to concentrate 30 seconds on the white dot, and then to close your eyes 10 seconds.
Dimitri Parent's After Image Painting of Mona Lisa (2009), The artist's instructions are to concentrate 30 seconds on the white dot, and then to close your eyes 10 seconds. | Source

Mona Lisa Caricature

DonkeyHotey's Mona Lisa Caricature
DonkeyHotey's Mona Lisa Caricature | Source

Gaso Lina

Teufelbeutel's watercolor Gaso Lina (October 23, 2011)
Teufelbeutel's watercolor Gaso Lina (October 23, 2011) | Source

Sunshine Mona Lisa

Linda Bilyeu (Sunshine625) as Mona Lisa
Linda Bilyeu (Sunshine625) as Mona Lisa | Source

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

LOL! Sunshine Mona Lisa! Very creative!:)

Interesting history of Da Vinci. I learned something new today! You got my votes! Well done!


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graceomalley 4 years ago

When i was in boarding school (many years ago) one of the girls in my dorm had a poster which was a reproduction of the Mona Lisa with the words "Smile if you got some last night" printed beneath.

I think this is the appeal of the Mona Lisa, and why it is copied (and parodied) so much. She has this quiet little smile like she just got away with something. Once you are thinking a certain way, that's exactly what the smile looks like. It can't help inviting some parody.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625),

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article and viewing the paintings and Mona Lisa parodies.

Thanks for your seal of approval on the Sunshine Mona Lisa parody.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Grace,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

You're right about the *just got away with it* expression. If you look very carefully at Mona Lisa's smile, the shadows Leonardo added at the corners of her month are what cause the *grin*.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy...This is a wonderful mini-history lesson of DaVinci. It is always a bonus for us to know as much background as is available of famous, historical figures. It will usually add to our appreciation of their works and contributions to the world.

While in Paris with my sister, I was extremely fortunate to see some magnificant sights. Musee du Louvre, aka The "Louvre," was one of these. The Museum itself, defies description......the Mona Lisa is more guarded and protected than any HUMAN we could name.

I did see "The Sunshine Mona Lisa," while there and I have to say, there were more visitors appreciating her all-consuming beauty, than Davinci's Mona Lisa. Actually, I heard some insde gossip about possibly, just disposing of Leonardo's work and highlighting the Sunshine Mona Lisa, to comply with public demand. I actually lucked out and was able to get an autograph from the artist. My friends and family were totally green with envy. I keep it under lock and key due to it's enormous value.

I mean, really, Daisy, how many people do you know who have an autograph of the world famous artist, El Daff E Duque??!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

-claps- Sunshine Mona Lisa...creative! LOL

This is definitely a great hub :) And I agree with Grace, the Mona Lisa looks like she has done something mischievous.

-KD


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scottcgruber 4 years ago from USA

Very interesting hub!

The Last Supper has had its share of parodies as well. I've seen versions of it using Superfriends, Disney characters, Star Wars characters, video game characters, Transformers, and (my favorite) James Woods and RoboCop: http://www.brandonbird.com/supper.html


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

If someone reading your comment didn't know you, they would be scratching their head at what you wrote. Very funny stuff!

On a serious note, my degress is in Fine Arts, and I'm certificed to teach all art subjects in Kindergarten through the 12th grade. I've always thought that knowing something about the artist adds to one's appreciation of a painting.

On an even more serious note, perhaps we should get the same type of bulletproof glass for the Sunshine Mona Lisa as that which protects Leonardo's painting in the Louvre.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Keith,

Thanks for your applause. I'm glad you enjoyed my article and appreciated the beauty of the Sunshine Mona Lisa.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Scott,

Thanks for reading my Hub and adding your comments.

Thanks, too, for posting the link to the parody of The Last Supper. It's extremely well done.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well, Daisy, Let me assure you, My "style" is well-known...in fact, it's become part of our National Freedom of Information Act. If anyone is scratching their head over anything "Effer" ever says.....they have cooties, but we won't tell.

The bulletproof glass goes without saying, Daisy...I'm really more concerned that someone may sue for having been blinded by her dazzling beauty. They may have to post a warning to the visitors, to cover their ass.

I should have guessed you have a degree in art......with all your creative arts & crafts hubs!! Peace!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

Thanks for stopping by for a second visit. Your sense of humor is very much appreciated.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Daisy, this is great combination of historical perspective and some creative parodying- loved your sunshine Mona Lisa work- it reminded me of the parody posters I had to do for my Imp hubs. I also remember visiting the Louvre and being mesmerized by the beauty of Mona Lisa. I am a big fan of Da Vinci and I am a closet polymath- my aspiration is to be like him- have a dabble in as many subjects and arts as I can! voted up, my dear.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

From what I've read in your HubPages profile, you're closer to being a polymath like Leonardo da Vinci than anyone else I know.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I think your portrait looks absolutely stunning! Leonardo had quite a rough beginning didn't he? It just goes to show you what someone can do when he builds his talent and dreams. I enjoyed the history lesson.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna (teaches12345),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Leonardo had rough times later in life, too, but that didn't keep him from creating a wealth of sketches and drawings. His scientific drawings and prototypes show that he was centuries ahead of his time.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Daisy. I think it is Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile that provokes so much comment and copiers. Is she smiling at some secret only she knows? Who can tell? Thank you for the excellent descriptions and information.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dr BJ,

It's good to "see" you again. Thanks for commenting in another of my Hubs.

The smile is certainly enigmatic. It's something that people have been pondering for more than 500 years.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Daisy those parody's were so funny! I remember seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time and I couldn't believe how small the picture actually was. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face! Take care, Kelley


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelley,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your support.

I started out thinking I was going to discuss High Renaissance painting, both Leonardo and Michelangelo. Then, I narrowed the topic down to just Leonardo, then I narrowed it down even further. I found many parodies, but they weren't licensed in a way that permitted me to use them.

Mona Lisa is a very small painting...only 30 x 20-7/8 inches. Was it behind bullet-proof glass when you saw it?


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

The easy answer to why this is often copied is that it's the most famous painting in the world, and many people consider it the best. Sadly, it's lost a lot of its power since it is so overexposed. I've been fortunate to see the original at the Louvre -- but it's behind glass and so far away from the viewer, because of stanchions, that you close a lot of the detail. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Some questions to ponder...

Is Mona Lisa often copied because it's the most famous painting in the world? ... or ...

Is Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world because it's often copied? ... and ...

Why is Mona Lisa the most parodied painting in the world?


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Enjoyed reading. Interesting and entertaining. I still wonder at the aspects of the picture and why the painting is a masterpiece in history.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

What types of art subjects are taught in Dubai?


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Daisy, excellent hub with excellent take-offs of that oh so famous painting. Voted up and shared!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

HHAHA. Your funny side comes out, Daisy! This hub is GREAT! I love the "Gaso Lina" - only because I speak Spanish and it has funny connotations. But, I'm equally amazed about DaVinci's early life. Who knew that he was illegitimate? Who knew that all his talents could have been "unacknowledged"? Wow! So glad you wrote this!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Teresa,

I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. Thanks for commenting and sharing it. I saw you posted my article on Google+. I appreciate that.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rachel,

I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. I was going to write a serious article about Leonardo da Vinci, but when I came across the parodies, I switched gears.

I found some *gossip* types of things about Leonardo, but I didn't want to include them in the Hub...

...Leonardo was arrested for an *incident* involving some *men*. The charges were eventually dropped.

...Leonardo didn't live very far away from his rival, Michelangelo. He apparently hated Michelangelo.


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

this is so cool!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shea,

It's nice to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub. The parodies are fun, aren't they?


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Hi, Sorry for the late reply, just came back to visit your hub. They teach painting, music, fashion designing,cooking etc. You can find anything and everything maybe with an exception of a few art subjects in Dubai.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya,

Thanks for visiting again. An article about the educational system in Dubai would be an interesting article.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very creative! I loved the gaso lina!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Audrey,

It's nice to hear from you again. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. This was a fun article to write.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I came to visit Sunshine again. I also realized that I hadn't showed Dave that masterpiece...his response: Awwe!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine Mona Lisa),

I'm glad your husband liked the image of the *new you*.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Well, by far, Sunshine Mona Lisa is my favorite! lol. This is quite an interesting and creative hub. I enjoyed reading this. Now, may be Sunshine Mona Lisa will reveal what she is smiling about.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Suzannah,

It's good to hear from you again. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. This one was especially fun to write.

We'll have to message Sunshine Mona Lisa tomorrow and ask her about that smile.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'll never tell :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine Mona Lisa,

Thanks for visiting again. You're not going to tell us why you're smiling?...It must have been fun!!!


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amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

Wow! I learned so much about Leonardo DaVinci. This hub was so interesting. I love the Mona Lisa spoofs! Especially the one with Sunshine! Made me smile! Rated all ups and shared.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Amy,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading and commenting in my Hub.

Since you liked the Sunshine Mona Lisa parody that I created, you might enjoy the Hubs written by Sunshine625, Linda Bilyeu.


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I love art and art history, and really enjoyed this hub! Thanks for sharing! :) Voted up, interesting, beautiful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

MelChi,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

I started out writing a serious Hub about Leonardo da Vinci, but when I found the parodies, I switched directions. Have you read my other art history Hubs? I wrote one about Impressionism vs. Expressionism and one about Vincent van Gogh's Irises.


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Bishopdown 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

A very nice hub. I learned some interesting facts about Da Vinci. I really enjoyed it.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bishopdown,

It's nice to meet you. Welcome to HubPages. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

I see that you're from Florida...Have you taken my Florida geography quiz?


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Bishopdown 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

I haven't but I will


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

What a great story! I love the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. I have seen some of them in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Mona Lisa´s painting which I have seen in Louvre, Paris is a small beautiful painting and her smile captivates the heart of the people. Thanks for SHARING.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thelma,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I think many people are surprised when they see how small Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Daisy, what a fab hub, wondering why I missed it when it first appeared? I love Sunshine Mona Lisa :o) and that one with the fruit and veg is very clever, I can definitely see a woman's face when I close my eyes after 10 seconds - clever!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

I don't understand how *after image* paintings work, but I, too, see a woman's face following the artist's instructions.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I know - it is intriguing. I love all of those visual perception drawings and animations that have me scratching my head :o)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks for visiting again. The *after image* painting has given me an idea...I think I'll do the research and see if I can find enough material with which to write an article.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Go for it, it would make a good hub I think, people love things that mess with their heads...and eyes :o)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks for your vote of confidence. I'll do the research and see if there is enough information for an article.


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Daisy M,

You got me on this one. The pictures of Gaso Lina and Sunshine Mona Lisa are wicked.I howled with laughter at your cheeky idea. Great touch on what is a very interesting article.

Voted up / funny / interesting


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Steve (poshcoffeeco),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

Only Sunshine Mona Lina is my parody. I wish I could take credit for the other ones. I started out writing a serious article about Leonardo da Vinci, but when I discovered the parodies online, I immediately switched gears.

I'm planning on writing an article about parodies in general and will include some of my Photoshop creations. I have four Americans that will be placed on Mount Rushmore. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with your photo and the photo of Doctor Mohan Kumar (Docmo).


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy,

Your certification in Fine Arts is obvious in this article! Great look at the life of Michelangelo and his enigmatic lady the Mona Lisa!

Thanks,

Thomas


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

OMG, I did the after image thing. Amazing! I like the Sunshine Mona Lisa, too. Great history. Thanks for writing this. I enjoyed reading it. Voted up and all the way across.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas (ThoughtSandwiches),

Thanks for your continuing support of my writing and your very kind comments. As always, I appreciate it when you visit.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vicki (Victoria Lynn),

It's great to "see" you again. I had so much fun writing this article. I'm so glad you and others have enjoyed reading it.

The *after image* painting is amazing, isn't it? I'm going to have to research how that's done.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Daisy, great hub! I love the arts and have taught art, although I am not offically an art teacher.

One of the assignments I tried at my last school was to have students create their own versions of the "American Gothic," using their own colours, style and even different people.

It's always fun for artists to take something well known and put their own spin on it. I think that's the appeal of the Mona Lisa painting. It's a challenge to put a spin on something so well-recognized.

I enjoyed reading this. It's an interesting topic!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sharilee (prairieprincess),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

I found several more parodies of Mona Lisa while I was doing my research for this article, but they weren't posted online with the type of republishing rights I could take advanrage of.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

A great bit of info on a great artist.

There is definitely something in that smile!

I enjoyed this hub very much. Who thought an art history lesson could be so fun!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I had to come back- especially after the promise of having my face on some national monument or a classic painting. scary.yes.Excited.maybe.Loving all the attention. Definitely. (Quick analysis: I was an attention starved child!)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for reading my article amd commenting in it.

There was a lot of information I learned about Leonardo da Vinci while doing my research that I didn't include in my Hub.

Like what?...

Leonardo da Vinci was once arrested and spent time in jail...something about indecent acts with other men.

Also, Leonardo da Vinci hated his neighbor and rival Michelangelo.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

OOH! Thanks for those extra fun facts. I am such a nerd. I love learning about things. Especially the odd bits that almost on one knows. :) You should do another hub with your Leo leftovers.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

It's great to "see" you again, my friend.

Who sent you back here?...Steve Mitchell? Thomas Young?

I'm writing an article about parodies and am putting the faces of four American men on a United States national monument called Mount Rushmore. I'm looking for appropriate paintings or monuments to transform with your face and that of Steve Mitchell, your countryman in England.

After I mentioned this to Steve, and he used the word *cheeky,* I recalled that you recently used the same word, and that you happened to have being a Photoshop expert among your polymath accomplishments.

I figured I was now in trouble.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana,

Thanks for stopping by again. Somehow, I knew you would appreciate knowing about those little tidbits of information.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This is a great hub Daisy and I learned so much more about Da Vinci! Sometimes I wonder what I learned in school since nothing like this information has been stored. Or maybe the history lessons wasn't so interesting back then:) You did a great job with this hub and I like the parodies too! Voted up, interesting

Tina


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I've seen the Mona Lisa, and I was surprised that it was so small, especially compared to all the other paintings in the museum. It may have originally been the mystery behind the smile, but now I think it is also the mystery behind the mystery that causes it to be so captivating. You've presented some great facts here - it is great to know more about the artist.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tina,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. I appreciate your continued support.

I think the reference material that is available today is different than what one would find a few years ago. Until I began doing the research for this article, I never knew than Leonardo da Vinci preferred men to women, and that he hated his neighbor and rival Michelangelo.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Shasta (Millionaire Tips),

It's good to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it.

I think your theory about the smile has merit...First it was about the smile, now it's the *mystery* behind the mysterious smile.


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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

very interesting hub,there were many things which I did not know before like, last supper was also the work of Leonardo. thanks for sharing such interesting information.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Uzma,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

If you like reading about art history, you might like to read my article about Impressionisn and. Expressionism, and my article about Vincent van Gogh's Irises.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Interesting art history and wonderful painting collections. Linda truly has Mona Lisa's smile.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Vinaya,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Leonardo da Vinci had a very interesting life. He was a man of many talents.

I'm glad you liked the parody I did of Linda Bilyeu (Sunshine625). She does have a beautiful smile.

Have you seen the parody that Docmo Kumar did using a photo of me and Vermeer's painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring"? It's on my Facebook wall. Mohan did a terrific job combining the images.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

A very well-written and interesting hub! The sunshine Mona Lisa is hilarious. vote up!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

lovedoctor926,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. Sunshine Mona Lisa is the only parody I created in this Hub. You'll see more of my work in a Hub which will be published soon.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Brilliant again Daisy, these parody hubs of yours are awesome. I like the artists different ways of expressing the Mona Lisa, voted up, awesome, funny, and interesting :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

James (Olde Cashmere),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. Thanks, too, for your very kind words.

I'm glad you're enjoying my new parody series. I'm currently creating the parodies for an article about Paul Gauguin's Tahitian period.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

LOL I liked this one too. Something fascinating about Mona Lisa. Have also seen her on T-shirts. Passing this one on too.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rasma (Gypsy Rose Lee),

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it.

This Hub is the first one I published that contained a parody. I started out with the idea of writing a biographical type of article about Leonardo da Vinci. While doing my research, I found the parodies and immediately decided to change the scope of my article.


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

I am always intrigued by Da Vinci's artistic excellence. You wrote the hub in the most professional of manners, and I learned a lot about the history of Leonardo.

P.S: The Sunshine Mona Lisa was an epic one! Lol.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Hunbbel,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.

Leonardo da Vinci was truly a polymath. He excelled in so many areas.

When thinking of Mona Lisa and her smile, how can one also not think of Sunshine Mona Lisa and her wonderful smile?!?


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Daisy, This is a very interesting article about Leonardo Da Vinic and the parodies of the Mona Lisa. I enjoyed your hub immensely. Voted up and awesome.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Pam (Pamela99),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. When I began writing this article, I had intended it to be a Hub just about Leonardo da Vinci. When I saw that so many parodies of Mona Lisa had been created, I changed the scope of my article. I'm glad I did.


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ZipperConstantine 3 years ago from United States

I always wondered who Mona Lisa was. Thank you!


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Zipper,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

I enjoy writing gently educational Hubs. I've published several art history articles. I hope you have an opportunity to read some of the others.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci): Painting Parodies an excellently presented hub. An informative hub with lots to learn from and you said it so clearly


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Devika (DDE),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

I think more parodies have been created of Mona Lisa than most other paintings.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday from Sunshine Mona Lisa!


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine625 / Sunshine Mona Lisa),

Thanks very much for the birthday greetings.


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alkanarula 2 years ago from INDIA

The mysterious smile-Interesting read !


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alka (alkanarula),

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.


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alkanarula 2 years ago from INDIA

Its my pleasure Daisy , @Daisy Mariposa , I am abs new on hubpages and there's a lot to learn from senior hubbers like U :))


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Alka,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Love the parodies. This is a painting that is so famous I can see it in my sleep, yet there is always more to learn about it. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula,

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. This was a fun Hub to research and write.


Colin323 2 years ago

Parody is a form of flattery, but I definitely prefer the original! I enjoyed learning more about Leonardo's early life and work; very interesting indeed.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Colin,

Welcome to HubPages. It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I hope you have an opportunity to read some of my other art history / painting / museum Hubs.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Informative and funny Daisy, esp Sunshine Mona Lisa. For a couple of more parodies check my hub, "So You Say You Can't Understand Poetry".


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

John (Jodah),

Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment.

The parodies were a surprise to me. When I began doing my research, I thought I would just be writing a Hub about Leonardo da Vinci. After I discovered the parodies, I knew I would have to include them ... and add one of my own.

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