"Mona Lisa Unveiled" Reveals Mysteries of That Crooked Smile

We all know what she looks like, but the only way to see La Joconde (that's the Mona Lisa for those of you who are Italian or art impaired) is to take a trip to the Louvre in Paris.  But naturally, the most famous painting in the world has been copied and reinterpreted over the centuries. It was this trail of reimagined portraits that led to "Mona Lisa Unveiled," an Italian exhibition that follows the history of da Vici's renowned portrait.

The exhibit is on loan from the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in

Florence, Italy and is on display through October 7 at Miami Dade

College's Freedom Tower.

"This exhibition is unique in that it brings together classic sixteenth

century art with modern pieces, giving relevance of the old pieces to

today's young audience, and anchoring new pieces with their classic

heritage," said Gloria Porcella, director of Galleria Ca' d'Oro who has

helped to bring "Mona Lisa Unveiled" to Miami.

The exhibit is split into two parts. The historical portion

features works and documents ranging from the 16th-19th century. The

modern section however, follows the theft of La Gioconda from the Louvre

in the early 20th century, and features later reinterpretations,

ranging from Salvador Dali to Romero Britto.

"There are many beautiful pieces, including versions by famous artists

and famous versions by unknown artists; even cartoons and newspaper

coverage from when the Mona Lisa was stolen 100 years ago," said


While many of the pieces are painting, drawings and clipping, some items

in the exhibit are not even 2-D. "I personally love Seward Johnson's

piece, "A Reason to Smile." It is an installation of bronze sculptures

arranged as the scene one encounters when visiting the Mona Lisa in the

Louvre," said Porcella.

The exhibit at the Freedom Tower (600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm-7pm. Entrance is free.

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