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Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci August 17, 2008

Posted by Giselle in Art.
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About the Mona Lisa, Wikipedia says….

Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.

The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose expression is often described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the sitter’s expression, the monumentality of the half-figure composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the painting’s continuing fascination.

Mona Lisa was not well known until the mid-19th century when artists of the emerging Symbolist movement began to appreciate it, and associated it with their ideas about feminine mystique.

Leonardo used a pyramid design to place the woman simply and calmly in the space of the painting. Her folded hands form the front corner of the pyramid. Her breast, neck and face glow in the same light that models her hands. The light gives the variety of living surfaces an underlying geometry of spheres and circles.

… the composition of the figure evokes an ambiguous effect: we are attracted to this mysterious woman but have to stay at a distance as if she were a divine creature…

The Mona Lisa painting now hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. ”

So, what do YOU think of the Mona Lisa painting?

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3. The Da Vinci Code Freak - April 15, 2009

Wow that was amazing! I liked your…. artical. I’m reading “The Da Vinci Code” and wow if you haven’t read it then you should. It talks about how she simbalizes how men and woman are created equally. How Da Vinci
well it’s hard to explain but it’s facinating. It says alot of kool stuff. And how it mite actually be a self portrite of himself! If you haven’t read it then you should! I- I- I- I can’t even write it all it’s so amazing!

Giselle - April 15, 2009

Hi ! 🙂 Im glad you found my blog quite captivating… I have read the Da Vinci Code and that book is what actually got me interested in this pic and made me wanna read more about Leonardo Da Vinci’ works.. Its a truly AWESOME book. I agree!

4. mac - June 30, 2009

could she be sat infront of a painting if it is a women it looks like a man to me but painted as a women

5. Luig1178 - February 4, 2011

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6. Valentin Finona - June 3, 2011

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