When thinking of famous works of art, probably one of the first that comes to mind is the Mona Lisa painting. A girl with her enigmatic smile painted by one of the best known artists in the world.
This painting probably portrays the Italian noblewoman Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, hence the alternative name “La Gioconda”.
But those who see success don’t see work. The painting was not very fast: it took Da Vinci about 3 years to complete it, and he finished it around 1506.
The painting was described by John Lichfield as “the best known, most visited, most sought after – and last but not least – the most parodied painting in the world.”
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Mona Lisa Facts
The Mona Lisa it is the most notable and well-known work of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most eminent men of the Italian Renaissance.
His painting started in 1503 and it is in this work that the artist best conceived the sfumato technique. The painting represents a woman with an introspective expression and a little shy. His restricted smile is very seductive, even if a little conservative. Her body represents the standard of beauty of the woman in Leonardo’s time. This painting is probably the most famous portrait in the history of art, if not the most famous and valuable painting in the world. Few other works of art are so controversial, questioned, valuable, praised, celebrated or reproduced.
Many art historians believe that Leonardo da Vinci’s reverence for the Mona Lisa had nothing to do with his artistic mastery. According to many, it was due to something much deeper: a message hidden in the layers of paint. The horizon line is at a noticeably lower level than that on the right, making the Mona Lisa look much larger seen from the left than from the right. Historically, the concepts of masculine and feminine are linked to the sides – the left is feminine, the right is masculine.
The oil painting on poplar wood is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and is one of its greatest attractions.
If you were to make your own version of the Mona Lisa, what would it be like?