The "other" Mona Lisa. What makes a masterpiece? The Prado, Madrid. This painting is one of many copies, but was thought to have been a worthless copy and is now after cleaning and study is thought to have originated in Leonardo's workshop, possibly done at the same time as the Louvre version by one of his assistants..its now considered as the most historically accurate and of the highest quality of all the many copies of La Gioconda or as it's otherwise known, the Mona Lisa. #monalisa #pradomuseum #monalisacopy #leonardodavinci #italianpainting #masterpiece #whatmakesamasterpiece #lagioconda #louvre #copy #museums
Beacon NY Rat snake rescue in the back yard. Yes for all you herpetologists, I know I said king snake in the video but that's wrong, spoken in the heat of the moment. We were successful. I just hope it's the last I see of him or her #snake #ratsnake #naturetooclose #hudsonvalley #naturalwonder #reptilianbrain #beaconny #reptilesareyourfriends
Beirut, Lebanon. The Photo Mario Archive Project. Conceived and directed by Mona El Hallak 2019. 25 years ago I travelled to Beirut on a personal assignment only to discover when I arrived I was being denied access to the site I had planned to photograph. The 15 year war had ended in 1990 but five years later Beirut was still in ruins. I found myself wandering through the deserted streets and entering the war scarred buildings desperately trying to conjure up another project. My mood was reflected in the brunt out shells of buildings I found myself trying to make sense of. One building, I was particularly drawn to was a wrecked 4 story ornate sandstone mansion that had once been occupied by the Barakat family and had at some point been converted into luxury apartments and offices. It also had the unfortunate fate of being built overlooking the infamous Green line and when the forces of the various warring factions had taken over buildings and created sniper positions to rain down terror on their perceived enemies the Barakat house was ideally suited for such a purpose. Thousands and thousands of innocent civilians became collateral damage as snipers fired from inside the protected positions from the interiors of buildings along the deadly Green Line...More to come in another post including Photo Mario, as I'm already way beyond the patience of even the most dedicated Instagram follower. Thank you.
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