the smile of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa - the smile
 

the smile of Mona Lisa

 

vector illustration, 2018

 

This illustration is an experiment of abstraction – to what extent can you reduce a painting and it still can be recognized? So I took one of the most famous paintings in the world – Mona Lisa. What always struck me was her smile. There might be some riddles about it – it might change according to the area you look at – but that´s not it – this smile is iconic – you will recognize it even if the rest is hidden. This also applies to her eyes, to her hands.
So I took the mouth as a graphical element and reduced it to the shadow parts and vectorized it to a grid of squares.