"On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister" is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons' sixteenth season, that originally aired on March 6, 2005.
It had the following image:
Several copies of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa are exposed for sale in front of the Sprawl Mart
courtesy: Matt Groening, Fox Broadcasting Company and The Simpsons Park
The Times of India reported on Feb 4 2012: "500 yrs on, Mona Lisa's 'twin sister' discovered"
Likely artist: Francesco Melzi, one of Leonardo's favourite pupils
"The Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid was thought to be just another fine copy, with added eyebrows and an odd black background. But curators at Spain's national art museum yesterday announced a startling discovery: the painting was actually executed by an artist in Leonardo da Vinci's workshop at the same time as the original."
(Independent, UK, February 2 2012)
Before I came across the above, I had discovered one more 'sister' of Mona Lisa !
Artist: French artist Jocelyne Grivaud re-created famous artworks using the Mattel dol,
Photograph: Jocelyne Grivaud; Corbis and The Guardian, Jan 29 2012
Jocelyne Grivaud says aboout the creation:
"This design needed time to take root, as often. The whole story began one day, in November 1967, with a present, all tenderness.
It was pink, vaporous and extremely delicate. With the patience of an angel, my mother had secretly knitted a dressing gown and tiny bootees for my Barbie. It seems to me there were more clothes, but these bootees, with their little pink knots on top totally fascinated me.
Then I grew up. The doll vanished, but I kept in mind the elegance and grace of my Barbie as well as a little bootee deep down my secret box.
One day, the idea of extending the happy part of my childhood through pictures I love took shape. Barbie is often criticized for being too blonde, too superficial, too skinny, too “ideal marketing”, too “this” and too “that”…. My aim was to adjust this so famous profile to different emblematic representations.
Here’s my personal contribution as a birthday present to my mascot, Barbie, superimposed on the vision of artists whose work I greatly appreciate.
Let me thank them all for creating such intense pictures. Many thanks to Ruth Handler for creating this dolly model that enraptured me throughout my childhood."