Abstract

THE AUTHOR CONSIDERS THE MONA LISA AS A MAJOR SITE of artistic investigations of gender and identity. Specifically, she analyzes the symbiotic relationship between two landmark reinventions of the Mona Lisa: first, Marcel Duchamp’s notorious L.H.O.O.Q. (Mona-Lisa-with-a-mustache), and second, Lillian Schwartz’s pioneering use of computers to demonstrate that the main model for the Mona Lisa was Leonardo himself. Both L.H.O.O.Q. and Schwartz’s Mona/Leo project are a striking instance of the Bearded Lady archetype, which finds its match in Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. rank (L.H.O.O.Q. Shaved), a variant of the Shaven Man.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 379-383
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-04
Open Access
No
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