The Eight-Year-Old redraws famous works of art with tigers: The Tigery a Lisa

Over the weekend, The Eight-Year-Old stumbled onto the concept of derivative art. She looked up various works of art on her Daddyo’s iPad, then proceeded to redraw them as portraits of Tigery.

MonaLisaOriginalHer first effort, the Tigery a Lisa, is based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Like any serious artist, The Eight-Year-Old drew a study for her work, before she attempted the final version. After some discussion, she agreed to let me use her works for a summer series on Caterpickles, on the condition that I tell you a little bit about the original work in the post.

The Mona Lisa is perhaps too famous to require much commentary on my part. Painted in oil on wood sometime between 1503 and 1506, the Mona Lisa currently hangs in the Louvre. Although that smile may well be the most well-known smile in history, the identity of the sitter remains unknown to this day. Historians are still debating whether the Mona Lisa was a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of a prominent Florentine merchant; da Vinci’s mother Caterina; or a self-portrait of da Vinci himself, dressed as a woman.

In The Eight-Year-Old’s version, the identity of the sitter is a bit more clear.

Tigery A Lisa (Artwork: The Eight-Year-Old Howell, based on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa)

Study for Tigery a Lisa (Artwork: The Eight-Year-Old Howell, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa)

Those are definitely Tigery’s eyebrows.

Here is the final work, in color.

The Tigery A Lisa (Artwork: The Eight-Year-Old Howell after the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci)

The Tigery a Lisa (Artwork: The Eight-Year-Old Howell after the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci)

The Eight-Year-Old’s art teacher rocks.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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