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Playing With Your Food: The Mona Lisa

His name is Phil Hansen. He’s a grown man and he still plays with his food.

Watch as he paints the “Mona Greasa” with burger grease.

Spoof on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, this artist comments on both the unhealthiness of fast food in a fun and humorous way. I like that he uses old, famous, and very recognizable art and turns it into something new, innovative and quirky

Surprisingly, Hansen is not the first to play with his food with the ” Mona Lisa” as a subject. Contemporary artist, Karen Eland created here own rendition of the painting called “Mona Latte,” using coffee as paint and in 1982, Japanese artist Tadahiko Ogwa of Kyoko Japan recreated the painting in a toaster from 65 pieces of white bread.

"Mona Latte" by Karen Eland

Check her and her other paintings out here

(She also Has done versions of other famous paintings such as “Starry Night”, “American Gothic”, and the “Girl with the Pearl Earring”)

"The Mona Lisa on Toast" by Tadhiko Okawa, (1983) not the best picture I know but it's the best I could do

(Tadahiko Ogawa did a series of toaster pieces that include da Vinci’s “last Supper,” and Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus.” The “Mona Lisa” was the first in this series.)

da Vinci's "Mona Lisa",(1503-1506)

Fun Facts About the Mona Lisa

      1. Is only 30 x 21 inches (77 x 53 cm if you want to get metric) That’s right it’s actually really small. The posters and reproductions you often see floating around are actually much bigger than its life size
      2. At one point it was housed in Napoleon I’s (Napoleon Bonapart) bedroom.
      3. Known as the “La Joconde” in France, the “La Gioconda” in Italy and the “Mona Lisa” everywhere else in the world.
      4. Da Vinci carried the “Mona Lisa” with him for years. Took it to Milan, Rome and France; Impressing other Painters with his skill and mastery of techniques never before seen.
      5. When the painting was stolen in 1911, Picasso was brought in for questioning because he had previously bought some sculptures from an acquaintance (named Pieret), which had actually been stolen from the Louvre months before the “Mona Lisa” disappeared. Picasso thought Pieret might have also stolen the Painting.
      6. The triplex glass box protecting the painting is a gift from the Japanese after its tour there in 1974
      7. Because the “Mona Lisa” is Priceless she is uninsured

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