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Leonardo da Vinci Paints the Mona Lisa

1250 GBP

Oil on wooden palette

34.5 x 26.5 x 5 cm

Framed (clear Perspex box frame)

Frean imagines the moment when Leonardo da Vinci finishes his most well-known - and most parodied - portrait, now on permanent display at the Louvre in Paris. The enigmatic smile belongs to Lisa Gherardini, who was painted by da Vinci in oil on a white wood panel in 1503. Using the thumb hole of her palette to mask out most of the portrait - not to mention the sitter's head - Frean alludes to the sense of mystery that surrounds the original painting and the continued fascination and study of this famous work.

This painting was shown as part of a series of works on palettes at Paul Smith's shop in Mayfair, London in November 2016 during Frean's exhibition Who's Counting?  It has been framed in such a way as to present it as an object in the round, the hanging wire hidden behind so that it appears to float in front of the wall in its clear perspex frame.


For more information or to arrange a viewing at Holly's studio, please email studio@hollyfrean.com.

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Welcome to The Holly Frean Shop. Here you can buy limited edition prints and plates and (occasionally) original works from the studio of Holly Frean.. A Holly Frean-themed museum shop if you will!

Holly Frean is an artist of exceptional dedication and vision. She began her formal training as an architect and draughtsman but painting portraits took over. Her studio practice has since grown to include picture-making in all its forms, typically oil paintings on canvas and gouaches on paper, also printmaking and 3D work. Infused with wit and humour, Holly’s work draws on the lives of artists and uniquely documents the subtleties in a face, body or movement. Over the past decade she has evolved a highly personal and technically accomplished style.

Holly’s work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and America. Holly's imagination and versatility have recently led to coveted textile, ceramic and wallpaper collaborations with Anthropologie, Burberry, Andrew Martin and Paul Smith.

Holly has won numerous accolades including the 2012 National Open Art Competition Painting Prize (awarded by Grayson Perry) and regularly shows at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the ING Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries in London. Commissions include those from the Duchess of Northumberland, designer Betty Jackson, comedians Russell Howard and Ricky Gervais, hotelier Kit Kemp, actor Russell Tovey and retailer Johnny Boden.