When I was a child, some friends of ours from church told me I had the smile of the Mona Lisa. Being 10 yrs old, I wasn't sure if I should be flattered or what, so I pondered the thought and kept it in the back of my mind. Today I received a card in the mail from one of our other family friends who found a Mona Lisa card while on vacation and just had to send it to me...from on the road in Virginia on their way to Washington, DC. It's nice to be thought of but this friend insists I actually look like the Mona Lisa, not just have her smile. I agree with the smile part but I am not too sure about the rest. I have noticed that with my pudgy round face, I do tend to favor the forms and faces of renaissance artists such as Di Vinci and Michaelangelo and especially Jusepe Ribera's The Flea:
I would *really-really* love to get a print of this. It was my favorite piece in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. I also picked up a print of a painting called Woman with a candle by Godfried Schalken. I found it in a stationary store on the streets of Florence for like 3 EUR. I still need to get a frame for it. I think we favor each other, too.
Anyway, I may not be "beautiful" by today's standards, but my "classic beauty" would have fit right in a few hundred years ago! Here's a shot of me on a train station platform in Swindon, Wiltshire, England in September 2007.