Dianora Niccolini, artist and photographer, is best known for her photopgraphic male and female nudes as well as her Mona Lisa manipulations. Born in Florence, Italy, she was influenced by the great artists of the Renaissance.
Her photographic career began in the Sixties upon meeting world-renowned photographer, Weege. She was impressed with his photographic manipulation which she subsequently employed in her Mona Lisa series. In 1975, her work was reviewed in the December 7th, Sunday New York Times by Gene Thornton, who wrote "Dianora Niccolini . . . comes about as close to idealization as is possible in photography."
Her photos have been included in many leading anthologies on the nude as well as The Body, by William Ewing, 1994, and Male Nudes by Women, by P, Weiermair, 1995. In her recent work she incorporates her painting and photographic skills. Her recent portraits are created using a chemical reduction process that converts silver haildes into metalic silver on a gelatin surface. These works she terms "Monopaintings."