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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 6, Number 4, December 2012


Peter Butler
London, England

Instructing Mona Lisa

Relax, Lisa. Not quite facing me, more a half-glance. Nails clean? Then hands on lap, right over left. As to expression, no laughing please without your teeth. Lips together.

Now imagine yourself in a post-coital situation—not with me, of course, nor necessarily your husband.

That is perfect, Lisa. Hold it if you can, several hundred years.

gallery attendant
checking the time
to his next break

Author's Note: Leonardo completed his portrait of Madonna Lisa, Neapolitan wife of Zanobi del Giocondo, between 1503-6; ‘In this lady he had found a sitter whose face and smile possessed in a singular degree the haunting, enigmatic charm in which he delighted’.



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