No Harley for Mona Lisa. She prefers a Ducati

Painting of Mona Lisa the biker going to auction for charity this week

Mona Lisa
Jisbar and his painting, 'Ducati Mona Lisa' | cambi Auction House photos

Can you imagine Mona Lisa in a Ducati motorcycle jacket and holding her customized helmet?

Well, you don’t have to imagine such an image because it has been painted by Jisbar, the prominent pop-street artist otherwise known as Jean-Baptiste Launay, a Frenchman whose art, entitled Ducati Mona Lisa, will be offered at auction July 16 with proceeds benefiting #RaceAgainstCOVID, an effort organized by Ducati for the S. Orsola Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

The Bologna clinic has developed rehabilitation programs for patients who survive Covid-19.

Jisbar’s painting is part of a “Mona Lisa” series in which he reinterprets Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece in different ways.

Ducati Mona Lisa is done in acrylic on a 41.7 x 55-inch canvas and is among the lots being offered by Cambi Aste at an auction of modern and contemporary art, photography and comics. The auction will be streamed online.

The painting has a pre-auction estimated value of €5,000 to €7,000 ($5,640 to $7,900). For more information, visit the Cambi Auction House website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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