Leonardo da Vinci. The name brings many things to mind: art, the Italian Renaissance, Assassin’s Creed II, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One person you might not associate with the artist is video game mascot, Mario. However, recent events have now entwined da Vinci’s own painting, the Mona Lisa, with the former Italian plumber. This is due to the workings of a particular mad genius who used sprites from Super Mario Maker 2 to reimagine the famous piece.
This Mona Lisa isn’t from Mario is Missing!
Reddit user listix shared the following image on the website today:
If you squint really hard, you can tell the Mona Lisa’s face is comprised of block and pipe sprites from Super Mario World. listix used a program called Python 3 that refreshes an image using sprites from video games. Since Super Mario Maker 2 just launched and comes loaded with assets from the very best 2-D Mario, listix simply pulled the resources from it to redo the painting.
Seeing images like this make me wish I had more artistic talent. If I recall my youth correctly, I used games like Mario Paint to paint preset drawings of Mario and Yoshi in garish colors. Oh well, at least I was good at that fly swatting minigame.
Readers, are you blown away by listix’s recreation of the Mona Lisa? Do you fancy using Python 3 to remake a similar work of art, perhaps Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel? Let us know your plans down below!