Op-Ed: Is smearing food on the ‘Mona Lisa’ a productive form of climate change protest?
The food on the ‘Mona Lisa’ on the menu at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is a case in point. While the museum is known to host a number of “Mona Lisa” themed art exhibits, there are also a number of other exhibits which feature works of art based on characters from literature and myth.
To be clear, the museum has a longstanding collection of works related to the “Mona Lisa” on its website. And indeed, many works by well-known artists on the website include works inspired by literary characters who often have a “Mona Lisa” quality. Some of the notable works include “Portrait of a Lady” by Georgia O’Keeffe, “A Pair of Shoes” by Piet Mondrian, “Nirvana” by David Hockney, “Gaudí” by Pablo Picasso, “La Belle Dame” by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and “Man with a Movie Camera” by Andy Warhol, among others.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, however, is not alone in hosting such exhibits. Indeed, the list of works on websites featuring characters from literature and myth is long and continues to grow, as more and more people become interested in the works of art, which includes both museum exhibits and original artworks created by those with a literary or mythical bent.
As the online presence of museums and art galleries continues to expand, it will be interesting to see what the various museum websites will include in the future. And to think — some of the famous “Mona Lisa”-themed works of art now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Indeed, some “Mona Lisa”-themed artwork has been featured on the museum’s website in the past. The exhibit “The Lady in the Water” featured water-related artwork by artists including George Hurrell, Richard Diebenkorn and Paul Sis, and was installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010. The exhibit “The Lady in the Water: Water in Art” featured a number of water-related works by artists including Stephen R. Bown, Mark Leckey and Peter Pilarcik, and was installed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2010. While some of the earlier works will likely be included on future museum exhibits,