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October 06, 2007

Mona Lisa Spends a Week in The States

By Leonardo da Vinci and unknown
Posted by Deborah Newell Tornello
aka litbrit.

Before:

After:

Do you smile to tempt a lover, Mona Lisa?
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?

Many dreams have been brought to your doorstep

They just lie there and they die there

Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa?

Or just a cold and lonely lovely work of art?

-- From Mona Lisa, performed by Nat King Cole

Lyrics & music: Livingston & Evans
(H/T Lisa in Baltimore)

October 6, 2007 in Art | Permalink

Comments

thank you for that, litbrit.

as i wrote in another post, the things that women do to mutilate themselves in order to look "young" and questionably, more beautiful, are sad and dangerous.

to the credit of the pharmaceutical companies, and to dove products, they occasionally run commercials with women that are very beautiful and graceful, with grey hair and eclectic looks.
that is a good and beautiful thing.

women can be erotic and interesting and beautiful and sensual with silver hair and healthy and cared-for bodies.

older women need to be taught how to care for themselves naturally, without attempting to recreate youthfulness that is vanishing and cant be relived.
the path is through health and self-care.
being the best we can be with acceptance and grace.

if we put greater emphasis on being healthy in body, mind and spirit, and less on trying to maintain the illusion of youthfulness, women would feel healthier, and find their own special beautiful way of being.

this can be done. healthy and natural women can be extremely beautiful. more beautiful than women whose faces grow crooked after plastic surgery and botox takes a toll on their facial structure and skin.
...then the danger of not having clear mammograms and odd looking breast tissue that is not human.
...artificial nails that cause damage to nail cartilage and cause fungal problems.
...ammonia and chemicals seeping into our scalp in tin foil wrappers baking in heat.
...baking units to artifically tan skin, or worse, sitting in sunlight to look suntanned.
it is a hideous list of self-mutilating effects, which reinforce to women that they truly dont like their bodies, and wont try to maintain them in loving and nurturing ways.

there is honor in aging.
our society must relearn this.
this will help us all, as a culture.
older women dont have to buy into this. nor do they have to "let themselves go" either.
they can be unique and beautiful, and wear their age as a gift of time, experience and wisdom!!!!!
it Can be Done!!

Posted by: jacqueline | Oct 6, 2007 2:25:01 PM

Fabulous! The Mona Lisa has an Extreme Makeover.

Love the use of the lyrics.

Jacqueline, as someone probably old enough to be your mother, is it all right if some of us let go of some of our concerns about appearance as we age? Although I appreciate and second your sentiments on the pervasive fear of aging in this society, while millions around the world are saying, "if only."

It isn't that beauty doesn't count, it does, it just doesn't count as much, nor should it be defined so narrowly, as the relentless panorama of celebrity that is forced on our senses by our corporatized culture leads us to accept.

Posted by: Leah | Oct 6, 2007 2:42:17 PM

well you have didn't really do the collagen injected lips properly but other than that- its dead on.

Posted by: akaison | Oct 6, 2007 2:54:02 PM

"jacqueline, as someone probably old enough to be your mother..."

leah...i dont think anybody on this site is old enough to be my mother!!!
am just another brave,if frail-boned and silverhaired warrior. i've won my purple heart!

Posted by: jacqueline | Oct 6, 2007 3:10:33 PM

I'm sorry, but the breasts a just a tad too big (but, then again, maybe not) and the lips way too small, and the eyebrows are not correct (see Katie Couric for the eyes). They are not halfway up her forehead.

Posted by: mattsmom | Oct 6, 2007 3:35:59 PM

From Renaissance to Renaissance Faire.

Posted by: Senescent | Oct 6, 2007 3:40:49 PM

matt her boobs are suppose to be those of Pam Anderson and everyother pin up that straight people oogle over.

Posted by: akaison | Oct 6, 2007 3:49:05 PM

akaison, I can't take credit for the art--the first image is by Leonardo Da Vinci, of course; the second by unknown , an image on the web that found its way to my inbox.

I've adjusted my sign-in to reflect that as accurately as possible, though. :-)

p.s. I agree about the lips. She'd probably be spray-tanned today, as well. And oh yeah, maybe have a nose-job...

Posted by: litbrit | Oct 6, 2007 3:51:35 PM

One more thing: those boobs look positively painful.

Posted by: litbrit | Oct 6, 2007 3:53:16 PM

It's odd. I can't tell if those breasts are smiling at me or not.

They're so ... subtle, so enigmatic. They haunt me.

Truly the work of a master.

Posted by: Sangfroid826 | Oct 6, 2007 6:00:13 PM

well that's why pam had to get a reduction litbrit- they are great on barbie, but not on humans.

Posted by: akaison | Oct 6, 2007 9:20:24 PM

Weird question, but why do painting look so much better when you see them in person, compared to seeing them in a photograph? Mona Lisa is one example.

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Posted by: mike | Oct 7, 2007 12:13:38 AM

last but not least comment...

looking at the balloonbreasted mona lisa,
i wonder why my generation burned our bras, trying to make a statement that our bodies in their natural state are beautiful, and celebrations in themselves.
reviving interest in breastfeeding and natural childbirth...
honoring our bodies/breasts for their good feelings and for the hard work they do, keeping small babies alive and their immune systems protected.
....what a de-evolution in thinking, that women now fill them with silica to look beautiful.
recently on a reality show about cosmetic surgery, a woman said, after receiving "new breasts"...
"they feel so natural. they look so real."
....dear daughters, how little far we have come after all.

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