Modern Women, Popular Icons & The Mona Lisa’s Enigmatic Smile

Erika Alexander as Virgin Mary

 

Photographer,  Screenwriter and  Producer Val Patterson is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portrait photography.  From ‘The Mona Lisa Project’.  To see Val’s body of work click on any image.

 

Sarah Silverman as Snow White

 

Jennifer Love Hewitt as Wonder Woman

 

Mariana Saori as Frida Kahlo

 

Sophie Kipner as Girl with a Pearl Earring

 

Lorie Moulton as Lucille Ball

 

I am an avid admirer of Leonardo Da Vinci and his masterpiece, The Mona Lisa: the most recognized, referenced and iconic painting in the world. I spent two years creating photo shoots with my friends and contemporary artists, dressing them up in costume as famous female figures while positioning them in the triangular Mona Lisa pose. I selected my favorite characters from fairy tales, cartoons, music, movies, television, history and politics, and captured them with the same mysterious Mona Lisa smile. The result is a typology series of formally posed portraits, shot against single toned backgrounds, with a simple yet vividly saturated color palette in each image. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, Andy Warhol and various female icons, The Mona Lisa Project is my photographic tribute to the most famous painting in the world. I have had a lifelong fascination with the Mona Lisa and wanted to explore the pose, composition, and the iconic expression through photography, humor and history — and in a sense, bring that enigmatic smile into the twenty first century for new generations to discover.

 

Kate Micucci as Liza Minnelli

 

Tracy Judy Garcia as Carmen Miranda

 

Amy Roiland as Audrey Hepburn

 

Camryn Manheim as The Mona Lisa

 

See also:

The Pink Project

By Val Patterson

 

 

 

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