Paintings of Piri Reis Students are in Da Vinci’s Home

The paintings “5 Sanatçı ve Mona Lisa” (5 Artists and Mona Lisa), which the 4th grade students of the Private Piri Reis Schools painted by being inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting “Mona Lisa”, were exhibited in Château du Clos Lucé, where the famous artist once lived.

Together with her students, Nur Petek, Visual Arts Teacher of the Private Piri Reis Schools, ran a project about Leonardo Da Vinci, the most important artist of the Renaissance, as it was the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.  In their work “5 Sanatçı ve Mona Lisa (5 Artistes et La Joconde)”, the students interpreted Mona Lisa, accepted as Da Vinci’s most valuable painting in the world, from their own point of view. Here they applied the symbols and techniques used in the paintings of Van Gogh, Picasso, Klimt, Kandinsky and Mattisse. As a result, 34 different paintings were sent in December 2019 to the artist’s residence in Amboise, France, Château du Clos Lucé, which is used as a museum today and has every year many art-loving visitors from all over the world. The painting of 34 Piri Reis students have been exhibited recently in various spots of the house among Da Vinci’s sketches and belongings due to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

The principal of the Private Piri Reis School, Sabrina Ataseven, said, “We try our best to raise our students as global citizens. The project we run in the visual arts lesson is also a project we deeply care about. In a time, where the whole world struggles with a disease that is not completely known yet, the exhibition of our students’ paintings in such an important house has been a morale booster for us.”