Mona Lisa Today

  • Location
  • Dayton Art Institute
    • 456 Belmonte Park N.
    • Dayton Art Institute
    • Dayton, OH

The Mona Lisa is more than 500 years old: ever wonder what it might have looked like when it was still fresh on the easel?

Leonardo da Vinci created his portrait of Lisa Gherardini with her enigmatic smile between 1503 and 1506. Over the centuries, the painting on wood panel has changed as pigments have faded, varnishes have darkened and yellowed, and cracks have developed from fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Utilizing exhaustive research done on the painting by the French Center for Museum Research and Restoration, in collaboration with the Louvre, artist Jenness Cortez has created a version of this famous painting as she believes it appeared in the 16th century.

The DAI's next Focus Exhibition, Mona Lisa Today, will present this stunning recreation. To complement this contemporary version of the Mona Lisa, works from the DAI’s collection will examine Leonardo’s influence and the importance copies have played in the development of art. The exhibition is on view through January 12, 2020.

2019 marks 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) and this Centennial Focus Exhibition joins in the worldwide celebration honoring this accomplished artist and innovator.

  • Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton Art Institute, OH
  • Phone: 937-223-4ART (4278)
  • Price: Free for Museum Members; Included in admission for non-members
Mona Lisa Today
  • November 16, 2019 to January 13, 2020
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • Free for Museum Members; Included in admission for non-members