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Faux da Vinci artwork makes a stop at the mall

A traveling exhibit reproducing two world-famous works of art is making a stop at Crystal River Mall.

Striking reproductions of The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, both by Leonardo da Vinci, comprise the exhibit. Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa on a piece of pine wood in 1506, and the model's enigmatic smile is one of the reasons the painting is admired so much today. It is reproduced as an oil painting on canvas for the mall show.

The other exhibit is a life-size wax sculpture of The Last Supper. The original was painted by da Vinci on a wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy in 1498. The painting measures 15 by 29 feet.

The wax reproduction in Crystal River is life size, and uses human hair and the eyes of the same type used for human replacement. The wax exhibit was shown at the New York World's Fair in the 1960s.

The exhibit is located in the space across from Payless Shoes in the Sears wing of the mall. Admission is $2 per person and children under 5 are admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

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