Mona Lisa: Secret In The Eye

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder  – and no more so than in this Mona Lisa’s eye.

Take one forger and one miniaturist  and ask them to come up with an art world “Very First To…” and this is what they created: a painting within a painting.

That’s one in the eye for Mona Lisa.

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And it’s for sale…

Mona Lisa: Secret In The Eye is available to view online, and purchase through, luxury launches website VeryFirstTo.com at £1,000,000. It is also exhibited at, and available for purchase at, Trinity House Paintings Gallery, London, Mayfair, from 8th August 2017; and in its New York Gallery soon after.

This is what it looks like up close… and it’s less than 1mm squared

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It’s quite a wow to see.

From the immaculately carved frame (by world-respected Tim Haysell of Kingswood Frames), to the globally recognised enigmatic smile and follow-you eyes, this totally authentic-looking portrait reproduces the painting’s outstanding beauty. The microscopic rendering of the portrait measures under 1mm squared. You can just about detect, with the naked eye, that Mona Lisa’s right pupil has something within it. However, you can only establish that this spec in the eye is, in fact, a miniature portrait of the Mona Lisa with the assistance of a strong magnifier. Micro artist Willard Wigan MBE, who has to go into a trance-like meditative state to slow down his nervous system so he can work between heartbeats, has somehow managed to capture the subject’s distinctive features on the most miniscule of canvases.

John Myatt,  a world-famous forger whose work has confounded experts and sold in Christies and Sotheby’s now paints on the right side of the law and his ‘Legitimate Fakes’ are collected by fans around the globe, and he even works alongside law enforcement helping to expose fraudsters.

Willard Wigan’s work is often many times smaller than the full stop at the end of this sentence and is frequently displayed within the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. Suffering from severe dyslexia as a child he was ridiculed by both teachers and fellow pupils. Instead of attending school, he hid in a shed where he befriended ants and, thinking they needed somewhere to live, made miniature homes and furniture for them. Wigan now works aided by a microscope with 600-times magnification using tools he has had to fashion himself including a shard of diamond attached to the end of a pin.

 

Dimensions of Mona Lisa: Secret In The Eye: 77 x 53 cms

Dimensions of Micro Portrait: Less than 1mm squared

Courtesy of VeryFirstTo.com – the world’s only website that enables individuals to be the first to know about, and have, the best of newly launching luxury products and experiences.

Where to see the Mona Lisa?

Trinity House Paintings  London

50 Maddox Street
London
W1S 1AY
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)207 499 8958

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