Museum of Science and Industry launches search for Manchester Mona Lisa

By Culture24 Staff | 21 April 2010
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A picture of a woman in a mock up of Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa painting of an Italian woman in a dark robe staring at the painter

Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan's Mona Lisa pose for the MOSI last year

The Museum of Science and Industry has launched a public appeal to find a Mancunian Mona Lisa to star in the largest current Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Europe.

Wannabe ice queens are being invited to send in pictures exuding "an air of mystery, calm and an enigmatic smile" for inclusion in the Mona Lisa touch section of the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition at the Museum, which features the UK premiere of hi-resolution shots by Pascal Cottes revealing the sitter’s original features.

Winners will follow in the footsteps of Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, who had a full Mona Lisa makeover to mark the start of the show last year. Men and pets are not excluded.

"We'd love to hear from anyone who thinks that they have the Mona Lisa touch," said Director Tony Hill.

"It's not about resembling her, but about the enigmatic qualities which have given her such an enduring international appeal. We are searching for the modern-day Manchester equivalent and we’ll consider all entries for our gallery, however amusing."

The exhibition includes dozens of machines created from Da Vinci’s designs and notes and a range of exhibits demonstrating the techniques and materials of 15th century Italy.

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Exhibition runs until June 13 2010. Admission £7.50/£5 (family ticket £20), call 0844 847 2261 or buy online.

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