Almost 500 years old, this painting is a milestone in the history of art. Mona Lisa has had many a reasons to sustain people’s interests through generations and has been the topic of thesis by many. Its secrets, art techniques, dimensions, calculations, her smile, her posture, her dress, the background and the artist’s thought behind the painting are just a few of the many things people have researched on Mona Lisa. The author, Dan Brown, took the secrets to another level in his book - Da Vinci Code, where the painting was shown to reflect the sacred union of male and female implied in the holy union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene!
As a designer, what is more interesting is how Mona Lisa has managed to evolve with every generation. It is not just an inspiration for artists or historians but a muse for every new pop culture where Mona Lisa is used to interpret the ‘change’ in the society. Mona Lisa has witnessed various pop cultures, entertainment, cartoons, gimmicks, or strong political statements. Below are a few examples that I found and liked:
1. Mona Lisa takes a selfie.
2. Mona Lisa grows old.
3. Mona Lisa goes hippie.
4. The Avatar of Mona Lisa.
5. Mona Lisa in a Hijaab.
6. Mona Lisa shows the finger.
7. Mona Lisa Simpson.
8. Mona Lisa in Lego.
9. Barbie Mona Lisa Collection.
10. Mona Lisa’s Driving License (Comic)
11. Mona Lisa is pop art.
12. Mona Lisa in abstract line art.