Artist: Stephen Hansen
Title: Lady with an Ermine (Da Vinci)
Medium: Acrylic/Paper Mache'
Dimensions: 24"h x 18"w
This artwork is a parody and reinterpretation of the famous painting known as "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci. The original subject has been meticulously replicated: a woman with a solemn, reserved expression wearing a dark hair-net and a fine Renaissance dress, holding an ermine in her arms. However, the humor in this reinterpretation comes with the addition of a whimsical twist. A three-dimensional figure of a man, painted in a white suit splattered with colorful paint splotches, seems to be stepping out of the right edge of the canvas into the real world. On a small wooden table in front of the canvas, there's a small, model of the ermine (resembling the one in the painting) next to a blue paint can and a silver paint bucket with brushes inside. He's holding a paintbrush and looking directly at the ermine for reference, creating a playful interaction between the traditional painting and this added modern element. It's a contemporary, humorous juxtaposition that playfully bridges classic art with modern creativity and objects.