Student nurse paints Covid-themed ‘Corona Lisa’ to raise money for charity – Archyde

A trainee nurse who is reinterpreting artistic masterpieces to tell the story of the pandemic has painted the “Corona Lisa” to raise money for charity.

Talented artist Chloe Slevin’s eye-catching piece features Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in full PPE.

The 21-year-old, who is a third-year nursing student at University College Dublin, is auctioning off the painting to raise funds for Ireland’s LauraLynn children’s hospice.

She was inspired by her experiences during a recent internship at a children’s emergency room.

Trainee nurse Chloe Slevin holds her painting Corona Lisa (Brian Lawless/PA)

“The PPE became normal for us and we wore it day in and day out and that kind of inspired the Corona Lisa,” she said.

“I loved this placement, but it was a very tough time. That’s where I experienced my first pediatric cardiac arrest and it’s something you never forget. You will never forget the moment you got that call, we ran in to put on our PPE and we did everything we could.

“That was probably the hardest thing I’ve been through so far, it was an incredibly difficult time. The impact it had on me, I still get emotional when I talk about it to this day. With this image I was able to address that and use that as my own form of art therapy and distraction.

“I suppose the painting holds a special place for me now because it’s coming from and it shows what I and so many other healthcare workers have been through during Covid.

“You’re wrapped in PPE and it’s tough. It was a very tough internship, but I hope to get a job there one day. It’s my dream to work in an emergency room.”

Chloe Slevin with her Covid version of The Separation Of Adam which she auctioned off to benefit pediatric ambulance Bumbleance (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Corona Lisa is the latest famous work of art to be recreated by the Dublin student with a Covid twist.

At the beginning of the pandemic, she painted the outstretched hands in Michelangelo’s The Separation Of Adam wearing surgical gloves.

This raised 520 euros for the Irish child rescue service Bumbleance.

She also created Girl with the Surgical Mask in a nod to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

This raised €400 for the charity Feed the Heroes, which was delivering food to hospitals and rescue workers during the height of the pandemic.

Ms Slevin said she learned a lot about the palliative care provided to children at LauraLynn during her course, including art therapy, and she wants to support her work.

“They are such an important charity and the work they do for these families is amazing so I really want to put this out there for them,” she said.

Chloe Slevin mit ihrem Gemälde Girl With A Surgical Mask (Brian Lawless/PA)

Cathy White, fundraising manager at LauraLynn, said art plays an important role in the hospice’s mission to create memories for families.

“One of the things we always say is that we can’t add days to a child’s life, but we can add more meaning to those days and help families create memories,” she said.

“Art is so important and really gives our children, especially those who may be non-verbal, a chance to communicate.

“Most kids love art and they love painting and stuff like that. It’s amazing to see a child enjoying something like this and my goodness we probably have more children’s art in the hospice than I believe in any school in Ireland, it’s just amazing.”

An online auction for the Corona Lisa will be held on the website of auctioneer Herman & Wilkinson from January 31 at 10 a.m. to February 3 at 6 p.m.

Bids can be placed at

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