We all know what she looks like, but the only way to see the original La Joconde is to take a trip to the Louvre in Paris. Naturally, the most famous painting in the world has been copied and reinterpreted over the centuries. It was this trail of re-imagined portraits that led to Mona Lisa Unveiled, an Italian exhibition that follows the history of Leonardo da Vincis renowned portrait of Lisa Gherardini, or, some say, his self-portrait in drag (which might explain the smile).
The exhibit is on loan from the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, and will be on display through October 7 at Miami Dade Colleges Freedom Tower. Mona Lisa Unveiled is split into two parts. The historical portion highlights works and documents ranging from the 16th to 19th centuries. The modern section, however, follows the paintings theft from the Louvre in the early 20th Century and features later reinterpretations, ranging from those by Salvador Dalí to Romero Britto.
Tue., Aug. 30, noon, 2011