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Phillipe Halsman originally created the photomontage, titled Dalí Mona Lisa, in a collaboration with Dalí in 1954. The image was published the same year in Dalí's Moustache, another collaboration featuring some thirty-six photos of the artist and his famous moustache. This photomontage was undoubtedly influenced by Duchamp's own 1919 Dadist parody of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the assisted ready-made L.H.O.O.Q. Dalí went on to write about Duchamp's "desecration" of Leonardo's work in the article "Why they attack the Mona Lisa" of 1963, discussing it as an act of Freudian rebellion against and vandalization of traditional female idealisation.