Mike and Doug Starn, also known as the Starn twins, introduced their radical vision of photography in the mid-1980s. Rather than keeping the print intact, it is creased, torn, taped and glued together. This work depicts Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the artists’ self portraits in the galleries of the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The two enlarged prints derive from the same negative, taken in Paris in 1985 during a traveling scholarship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The images were treated in colored toners. While the double image highlights the autobiographical aspect of the Starns’, it also refers to other works such as Marcel Duchamp’s “Mona Lisa”.
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