What is the significance of Mona Lisa in the Rocky Horror Picture Show? The painting shows up everywhere - it is there during time warp and also in the final scenes.


Apparently it's simply intended to show that Frank, while cultured, has a very twisted appreciation of art. According to the film's production designer Brian Thompson their thinking was that Frank loved the Mona Lisa so much that he got a bunch of copies of it and shoved them all over his house, not really caring that they were low quality repros.

“I imagined that Frank [N. Furter] had an insight into art he had seen, maybe in books or movies or somewhere and decided he wanted.” For a moment Thomson becomes Frank soliciting the Mona Lisa from the Louvre: “maybe a picture of that woman. We’ll have two of those.”

“To Frank it wouldn’t matter if they are black and white Xeroxes facing opposite ways. I may still have all the letters that I wrote from Frank to the Louvre and places. There are also letters between Frank and the local authorities regarding noisy motorcycles and a strange blue glow coming from his house. They’re never seen in the film but everything was totally authentic.”

Brian Thomson interview - Crazed Imaginations


Frank seems to appreciate great works of art.

This is one of many references to famous works of art in Rocky Horror Picture Show. Others include:

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The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

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American Gothic by Grant Wood

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The Discobolus of Myron

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Two copies of Michelangelo's David

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The Kiss by Auguste Rodin

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The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci

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Aphrodite of Melos (aka Venus de Milo), and another Capitoline Aphrodite/Venus - possibly Aphrodite of Menophantos

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