Mona Lisa- Cultural appropriation

Mona Lisa- Cultura appropriation

As I was looking for an image using cultural appropriation, I stumbled across an up to date Mona Lisa on a blog site called Thinking Visually. I think this picture is a great example of this concept and really shows how times have changed. The original Mona Lisa which was completed in 1517 shows an elegant woman with a subtle smirk and a landscape background. This painting is so historical and recognizable to just about everyone and is still one of the most important pieces of art made by Leonardo da Vinci. It was relevant to that time frame due to the simplicity of the woman being shown with small background details; as her presence is the focal point and all of the history associated with the painting. But in this picture, we can relate to this even more as she is holding an iPhone with the infamous “duck face” taking a selfie. Also, her nails are painted, she is wearing a ring, and we see an even more up close look compared to the original Mona Lisa. From this image we understand that times have drastically changed with development of cell phones, more specifically the iPhone. Her nails being painted and ring contrast the original Mona Lisa as she is featured with a less is more, simple presences while the image here shows a more flashy appearance in subtle ways. This allows today’s viewers to get a laugh out of this piece as we can relate to this items displayed while still understanding where the original piece came from. Again, this picture takes a historical painting and turns it into a modern, up to date image to show how times have changed.

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