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Screen Printing in History: The Mona Lisa

By: Jerry, jerry@annarbortees.com

almost 9 years
mona lisa wearing t-shirt

Did you know that most art historians attribute Mona Lisa’s coy grin to the fact that she was originally depicted wearing a “Frankie Says Relax” t-shirt?

Da Vinci, who painted her, was several decades her senior and hated pop music. Because of this, he would have had no idea of the secret, R-rated meaning behind the slogan. Several hundred years after the fact, Vatican officials – fully aware of Frankie and his debauchery – had the shirt replaced with a modest tunic, which is what is now on display at the Louvre.

This moment in t-shirt history brought to you by the Ann Arbor Screen Printing Society of Screen Printing Screen Printers.

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