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I do something similar with the idea of the use and misuse of images,
specificaly that of the Mona Lisa. I actually got the idea from a
colleague who uses it in high school art class. I use it as a final
project sometimes in a a college level Foundations course for education
majors in the arts.
The Getty also has a lesson which deals with the many images of the Mona
Lisa. I saw the lesson detailed on one of their recent videos. If you
are interested, let me know and when I go to the office on Monday, I will
look the title up for you ( it escapes me currently).
At any rate, to introduce my project, I like to show many examples of
the use of the Mona Lisa, the first of those images being copies of the
original done by students, some within in Leonardo's own lifetime. I found
a fabulous resource in our visual arts library for artworks inspired
by the Mona Lisa. The drawback is that it is written in French, and I studied
German. So, I have no idea of how the text reads. But the images are worth
finding the book. It is an article in a collection, the article is written by GGerard-Georges Lemaire and entitled Les Reincarnations de la Joconde. It includes works by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Enrico Baj, and a host of others. It
also has three dimesional interpretations of the Mona Lisa.
As far as kitsch, there is some of that there as well. My favorites are the
recent Sprint add that turned the famous image into a line drawing/paint
by number and an add for an art gallery on the www using the image. I would
be happy to share the details of the lesson (it is a combination research project/studio response). I would be very interested in your the results of this
post and sharing a list of examples of the use of the Mona Lisa as well.
The University of Toledo
The Toledo Museum of Art
"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance...and I know of noi substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process." Henry James.
Letter to H.G. Wells, 1915.