detail from Michael Bane's Mona Lisa

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Bane's "Mona" is an homage not only to the abstracted "realism" of the Cubists, it is at the same time 1. a celebration of a masterpiece of the Renaissance, 2. a tribute to the great masters of tromp l'oeil (William Harnett springs to mind). 3. an evocation of the great marquetry craftsman of the Baroque and, finally an artistic enigma, wrapped in a mystery, a painted conundrum. In sum, this is a painterly mystery quite on par with the elusive "Mona Lisa smile".

 

 

Jan E. Adlmann, former assistant director The Guggenheim Museum, New York

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