Mona Lisa portrait to be part of ‘Dream a Painting’ exhibition

Come Thursday,and the Bal Gandharva Art Gallery will have an addition — the portrait of Mona Lisa.

Written by Debjani Paul | Pune | Published:July 30, 2013 3:30 am

Come Thursday,and the Bal Gandharva Art Gallery will have an addition — the portrait of Mona Lisa. She sits on a beech-coloured easel,with her famed enigmatic smile,far from her permanent residence at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. “It’s a replica of the original painting. The resemblance between the two is over 95 per cent,” says Aamod Bhat,who brings the artwork to the city in an exhibition titled ‘Dream a Painting’. Unlike the original Mona Lisa,art lovers can actually take this version home. The exhibition will begin at the gallery from August 1 and will continue till August 4.

In a first,European Renaissance art will be brought to the city,with licenced,life-like reproductions of over 70 European classics such as Edgar Degas’ The Star and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. “These art pieces have been produced using the Franco-Dutch Giclée method which recreates art almost perfectly,” he says. The method generates images from high resolution digital scans,and prints with archival quality inks. “Every square inch of a painting is matched and calibrated for colours and dimension. The aim is to keep the colours and dimensions of the paintings identical,” he says.

Bhat has about 5,000 such copyright-free images,which he promises to print and deliver within a week of order. These prints,owing to the quality of the material and the technology used,can cost anywhere between Rs 10,000 and 2,50,000,and with a print licence that promises a life of 50 years.

Bhat,an educationist who graduated from Harvard University,has travelled world over to collaborate with foreign universities. He was exposed to fine art from across the world. When he returned to Pune,he wondered if he could bring foreign masterpieces to India. Along with his daughter,Rajlaxmi, he began to collect copyright-free images from art experts and art departments of foreign universities.

“We wondered if someone who loves art and doesn’t have billions could own a painting of Mona Lisa. Also,many people have never seen the original paintings. This venture is aimed at creating awareness about fine art and to give Indians a chance to view and own European artwork,” he says.

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