Botero’s Mona Lisa Painting
Have you seen Fernando Botero’s version of the Mona Lisa? Botero is the artist known for his paintings of super sized people and he depicts Michelangelo’s Mona Lisa in this same style.
You can view this Mona Lisa painting by Fernando Botero at Museo de Botero in the historic La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia.
The museum started life in 2000 due to a donation from the private collection of Fernando Botero.
Botero Museum collection includes works by Dali, Chagall, and Picasso as well as 123 pieces of Botero’s personal artwork.
Fernando Botero’s Mona Lisa painting is created in his classic style of depicting people in exaggerated size. When Botero studied art in Paris he practiced by copying the masters at the Louvre.
Fernando Botero painted his version of Mona Lisa in 1977. Of course the original Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci resides at the Louvre in Paris.
Admission to Botero Museum is free to everyone.
An excellent way to spend an hour or two in the historic downtown neighborhood of La Candelaria in Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá.
Biography of Fernando Botero’s early years
Born in Medellin Colombia on April 19 1932, Fernando Botero studied at a matador school for a couple of years but decided to pursue his interest in art while still a teenager. Botero’s first showed his art in 1948 at age 16, with his first solo show in Bogota in 1950.
In 1952 Botero traveled to Europe with a group of artists. He visited Barcelona and moved to Madrid where he studied at the Academia de San Fernando.
Botero moved to Paris in 1953 where he spent long hours studying art at the Louvre Museum. Later moving to Florence Italy, Botero spent time studying the Italian Renaissance masters.
Where else to see Fernando Botero’s art in Colombia
Dozens of exhibits of Fernando Botero’s paintings have been held in major cities worldwide. Botero is also well known for his sculptural art works.
Many of Botero’s paintings and sculptural art work are on display at the Museo de Antioquia in central Medellin Colombia.
The museum is located next to Plaza Botero, so you can easily visit both in one outing.
Botero Museum Bogota Colombia visitor info
Cl. 11 #4-41, Bogotá, Colombia
Botero Museum is a short walk from Plaza de Bolivar in La Candelaria district of downtown Bogotá.
Hours for Botero Museum Bogota Colombia
- Monday 9 am to 7 pm
- Tuesday Closed
- Wednesday 9 am to 7 pm
- Thursday 9 am to 7 pm
- Friday 9 am to 7 pm
- Saturday 9 am to 7 pm
- Sunday 10 am to 7 pm
Admission to Botero Museum
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