August 19, 2008

The Many Incarnations of the Mona Lisa - From Dali to Banksy

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is arguably the world's most famous and renowned work of art and as such, it has been celebrated - as well as ridiculed - by just about everyone including world famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Rene Magritte, Fernando Botero, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Banksy and others.

A reader who signed in as "Anonymous" left the links for the three awesome Banksy images in a comment. Also, the clever and fun version of the Mona Lisa painted with peanut butter and jelly by Vik Muniz was a contribution from another (the same?) Anonymous. Thank you so much anonymous contributors!

Check out the various genial, fun and sometimes downright hilarious renditions of the world famous Gioconda.

Moona Lisa, Nick Walker

Fernando Botero, Mona Lisa, 1963

Salvador Dali, Self Portrait as Mona Lisa about 1964

Andy Warhol, Four Mona Lisas, 1963

Mao Lisa, Leonardo Bezzola, 1976

George and Mona in the Baths of Coloma Robert Arneson, 1976

Figure 7 Jasper Johns, 1968

Thirty Are Better Than One Andy Warhol, 1963

David Teixidor Buenaventura, Gioconda, 2001

Kazimir Malevich, Composition with Mona Lisa, 1914

Erro, American Project, 1958

Yasumasa Morimura Mona Lisa in the Third Place, 1998

Rene Magritte, La Gioconda, 1960

Daniel Spoerri, Use of Rembrandt as Ironing Board (Marcel Duchamp),1964

Andy Warhol, Mona Lisa, 1963

Fernando Botero, Mona Lisa, Age Twelve, 1959

Alfred Gescheidt, Mamary Lisa, 1972

Fernand Leger, Mona Lisa with Keys, 1930

Pneumonia Lisa Robert Rauschenberg, 1982

William T. Wiley, Mona Lisa Wiped Out, 1967

Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q., readymade, 1919

Robert Rauschenberg, Mona Lisa, 1982

Jean Michel Basquiat, Mona Lisa, n/a

Sophie Matisse, Mona Lisa, 1997

Miran Fukuda, Resting Model, 1999

Andy Warhol, Mona Lisa (Two Times), 1980

Keith Haring, Apocalipse 7, 1988


Mona Lisa Mujaheddin by Banksy

Peanut Butter and Jelly Mona Lisa by Vik Muniz


We are happy to announce that "The Many Incarnations of the Mona Lisa" post was published by British newspaper Telegraph.UK. here. Thanks a lot to the "Anonymous" contributors.


  1. Falta los de Banksy:

    Mujahadeen Mona Lisa:


    Culo Mona Lisa:

  2. Anonymous thank you for these absolutely awesome images! I will post them immediately if not sooner.

  3. Vik Muniz's Double Mona Lisa "painted" with peanut butter and jelly should be here...

  4. I'm having a hard time putting 2+2 together with the layout-- is there any adjustment on my end that I should be doing?

  5. Great post! I've been remixing old masters paintings in my own style, and started with the mona lisa... (Mona Lisa after Leonardo da Vinci) It's great to see other examples.

    Makes me curious what other remixes have of the pieces i've done. I've seen quite a few 'American Gothic' incarnations, and would love to see a similar thread on that subject if you're up for it.


  6. Mordicai I'm using IE. Try Firefox and see what you get. I know IE can be a pain in the ass sometimes. Best.

  7. Even I visited your blog and I loved it! And American Gothic sounds like a great idea! I have seen some really formidable versions out there and it is worth looking into. Thanks!

  8. Anonymous thanks for Vik Muniz peanut butter and jelly version. I loved it and have posted it to the gallery. Thanks a lot.

  9. Glad you liked it. I've only recently started creating them and haven't really shared it with many people yet, so I appreciate the feedback.

    If you do end up doing the american gothic incarnations I'd be honoured to see my version included.


  10. Not forgetting Snide Chavinci:

  11. Even you can count on it. Thank you.

  12. Dan I got a kick out of that Mona Lisa! Thank you.

  13. Fantastic post L. This even made it on TH. As always, you are brilliant in finding the weird and amazing.

  14. Thank you for your compliments A. And yes, I noticed some traffic coming from TH. I must thank Pearl.

  15. Hei, tell me your mail and i'll send you a assemblage i've made with many giocondas in a same image. please remind me the subject of this message.

  16. Many, many more at

  17. you have attributed the top image'Moona Lisa' painting to Banksy when in fact it was painted by Nick Walker.

    1. Anonymous thanks a million. It took me a while as I stopped reading and regulating the many comments for a while but I have corrected the error. You probably will never read this but thank you.

  18. This one is funny... La McMona

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  20. Oh, that is a very naughty photo, huh! I meant, the very first one, the one on top of all these photos! :-)
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  21. Though some are funny, I still find it artistic. Just wondering what comes to the artist mind when he did it? Does he like or hate monalisa?
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