Vik Muniz. Mona Lisa in Peanut Butter & Jelly. [Source: Divulgação/globo.com]
Call it synchronicity. I’d just read the Mona Lisa chapter in Charles Nicholl’s biography of Leonardo da Vinci
before falling asleep, then I awoke to a BBC interview with artist Vik Muniz describing his rendition of La Giaconda in peanut butter and jelly. Talk about licking some lips!
When I went looking for an image I found it first at a blog by Heather McDougal called A Cabinet of Wonders, which is surely a flaneur’s treasure trove that would have delighted Walter Benjamin. Then I found Mona Lisa’s edible drama enacted on this video clip from Russia Today. Watch it to the very end and try not to steal into the kitchen for a kiss of PBJ.