The Mona Lisa as pen holder

The past couple weeks I’ve been suffering from dizzy spells on and off. After realizing this morning that the problem seems to be in my shoulder, I wandered into the massage parlor in downtown Siloam Springs to see if a few minutes in their chair would do me some good.


On the desk in the office rested the Mona Lisa, whose skullcap had been lopped off (a la House, M.D.) in order to accommodate a covey of pens. I immediately thought of Betty Spackman’s book A Profound Weakness: Christians and Kitsch — which I’m still working my way though — and captured an image of it with the trusty cameraphone.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

3 Responses to The Mona Lisa as pen holder

  1. Tim J. says:

    Wow. It’s really a surprisingly accurate likeness. It – for some reason – reminds me of the Monty Python animated shorts.

  2. Jim Janknegt says:

    Speaking of weird art knock offs- I ran across these on Amazon the other day. The strangest things are the sculptures based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Very strange but I would love to have one.

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