Tiny numbers and letters have been discovered painted into the eyes of the Mona Lisa prompting an investigation by art historians.
The 'Mona Lisa' belongs to the art movement of the Renaissance. The style is Classical Realism. It is also one of the first paintings to employ atmospheric perspective.
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Technically in the painting there is no symmetry but the painting is coincidentally based on the golden ratio
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== == Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. In fact, Mona Lisa is owned by the french government so she will probably never leave there again.
If you are going to be in Paris for several days and plan to visit several museums, I recommend purchasing a Paris Museum Pass. It gets you into almost all of Paris's major tourist attractions, including The Louvre. Museum pass holders are permitted to bypass the regular queue, which is quite long and often wraps around the perimeter of the museum, and enter through a special side entrance with little or no wait. (For more information about the Paris Museum Pass, try searching Google with the search form on the right.) Once inside the museum, many visitors are literally overwhelmed by the sheer size and scope of the building and most Americans are taken aback by the amusement park sized crowds The Louvre draws. There are countless signs posted all over the museum with arrows pointing the way toward the Mona Lisa, which is located in the Denon Wing. At times, the arrows can be somewhat confusing, but my advice would be to follow the crowds. The closer you get to the Mona Lisa, the thicker the crowds will be. When you get really close, you will actually encounter a roped off queue area. When you get to this point, I would recommend either hiding your camera or putting it away. Taking pictures of the Mona Lisa is not officially allowed, although you will see many people sneaking pictures anyway and, truthfully, the security staff is so overwhelmed by the amount of people taking pictures that it's virtually impossible for them to stop diehard shutterbugs. As long as you're discreet or are thick skinned enough to tolerate some scolding from security in the event you are caught, you will be able to snap a picture or two, even if it's not technically permitted. The major reason for not allowing photographs is damage to paintings from flashes, so please turn the flash off, and many rooms do allow photographs. You should also be prepared to experience only a walk by view of the painting. On extremely busy days, the museum staff steadily ushers onlookers past the painting in order to keep the crowds moving at a fairly steady pace. If you have always visualized yourself standing in front of the Mona Lisa for hours while contemplating the meaning behind her smile, I am sorry to have to be the one to disappoint you, but pausing in front of her is often not permitted because it interferes with crowd control.
It is in the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France.
If so, it would only be a copy, because the REAL Mona Lisa is in the Louvre in Paris.
In 1911 Vincenzo Peruggia wrapped his painter's smock around the Mona Lisa and carried it out of the Louvre under his arm. He kept the painting in his apartment in Paris, hidden in a box. In December 1913, after contacting an Italian art dealer, he brought the painting by train to Milan, then to Florence, where he attempted to sell it to the art dealer and the Uffizi Gallery. Instead he was arrested.
From December 1962 to March 1963, the French government lent it to the United States to be displayed in New York City and Washington D.C.. This means that the visit to the US took place before the World's Fair.
Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned by her husband to paint this portrait.
There is no simple answer. If the painting is signed and if you can work out the name, first try to find out more by using websearches. (Note that many paintings are signed on the back). Also try to work out the genre and period; at the risk of pointing out the obvious, if the painting is signed 'James A. Smith' for example there may be several artists with the this name ... If the painting is unsigned you will need to get advice from someone with a good knowledge of art history. It may be possible for an art auction house to identify the artist on the basis of a really good photo, or at least make an informed guess. If there is an art museum near you, they may be able to help you. (Sometimes it is necessary, in the interests of preservation, to have an additional canvas stuck to the back of the original canvas, especially if the original has buckled. If there is a signature on the back, always take a good photograph of it before having it covered up. If you have to have a painting restored get advice on restorers as their competence varies enormously. Find out which restorers are used by an art museum and/or auction houses).
The painting "Mona Lisa' by Leonardo DaVinchi was painted during a time called the Renascence or rebirth. other characteristics of art in this era were: paintings of real people doing normal things, and very detailed sculptures if you know what i mean. other artists of this time were, Michelangelo, who painted the ceiling of the Sistine chapel, Rafael , and the well known playwrite William Shakesphere.
There are also various theories on the identity of the model.
One is Lisa Gherardini. Vasari identified the subject to be the wife of socially prominent Francesco del Giocondo, who was a silk merchant of Florence. Until recently, little was known about his third wife, Lisa Gherardini, except that she was born in 1479, raised at her family's Villa Vignamaggio in Tuscany and that she married del Giocondo in 1495.
In 2004, the Italian scholar Giuseppe Pallanti published Monna Lisa, Mulier Ingenua (literally '"Mona Lisa: Real Woman", published in English under the title Mona Lisa Revealed: The True Identity of Leonardo's Model). The book gathered archival evidence in support of the traditional identification of the model as Lisa Gherardini. According to Pallanti, the evidence suggests that Leonardo's father was a friend of del Giocondo. "The portrait of Mona Lisa, done when Lisa Gherardini was aged about 24, was probably commissioned by Leonardo's father himself for his friends as he is known to have done on at least one other occasion." Pallanti discovered that Lisa and Francesco had five children and that she outlived her husband. In early 2007, Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a Florence church that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola." Sant'Orsola is a convent in Florence. Pallanti ascertains with certainty that this refers to Gherardini. This would make her age at her death to be 63 years. Also in January 2007, Italian geneologist Domenico Savini identified the princesses Natalia and Irina Strozzi as living descendants of Lisa Gherardini.
In September 2006, Bruno Mottin argued that the guarnelo he studied using the 2004 scan data suggested that the painting dated from around 1503 and commemorated the birth of Lisa Gherardini's second son.
Some have seen a facial similarity between the Mona Lisa and other paintings, such as St. John the Baptist.Vasari, however, wrote about the portrait, and described it, without ever having seen it; the painting was already in France in Vasari's era. So various alternatives to the traditional sitter have been proposed. During the last years of his life, Leonardo spoke of a portrait "of a certain Florentine lady done from life at the request of the magnificent Giuliano de' Medici." No evidence has been found that indicates a link between Lisa Gherardini and Giuliano de' Medici, but then the comment could instead refer to one of the two other portraits of women executed by da Vinci. A later anonymous statement created confusion when it linked the Mona Lisa to a portrait of Francesco del Giocondo himself - perhaps the origin of the controversial idea that it is the portrait of a man.
Which lead to the theory that it was a self-portrait as Dr. Lillian Schwartz of Bell Labs suggested. Critics of this theory suggest that the similarities are due to both portraits being painted by the same person using the same style. Additionally, the drawing on which she based the comparison may not be a self-portrait. Serge Bramly, in his biography of Leonardo, discusses the possibility that the portrait depicts the artist's mother Caterina. This would account for the resemblance between artist and subject observed by Dr. Schwartz, and would explain why Leonardo kept the portrait with him wherever he travelled, until his death.
Art historians have also suggested the possibility that the Mona Lisa may only resemble Leonardo by accident: as an artist with a great interest in the human form, Leonardo would have spent a great deal of time studying and drawing the human face, and the face most often accessible to him was his own, making it likely that he would have the most experience with drawing his own features. The similarity in the features of the people depicted in paintings such as the Mona Lisa and St. John the Baptist may thus result from Leonardo's familiarity with his own facial features, causing him to draw other, less familiar faces in a similar light.
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 softly models her hands. The light gives the variety of living surfaces an underlying geometry of spheres and circles. Leonardo referred to a seemingly simple formula for seated female figure: the images of seated Madonna, which were widely spread at the time. He effectively modified this formula in order to create the visual impression of distance between the sitter and the observer. The armrest of the chair functions as a dividing element between Mona Lisa and us. The woman sits markedly upright with her arms folded, which is also a sign of her reserved posture. Only her gaze is fixed on the observer and seems to welcome him to this silent communication. Since the brightly lit face is practically framed with various much darker elements (hair, veil, shadows), the observer's attraction to Mona Lisa's face is brought to even greater extent. Thus, 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. There is no indication of an intimate dialogue between the woman and the observer as is the case in the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (Louvre) painted by Raphael about ten years after Mona Lisa and undoubtedly influenced by Leonardo's portrait.
The painting was one of the first portraits to depict the sitter before an imaginary landscape. The enigmatic woman is portrayed seated in what appears to be an open loggia with dark pillar bases on either side. Behind her a vast landscape recedes to icy mountains. Winding paths and a distant bridge give only the slightest indications of human presence. The sensuous curves of the woman's hair and clothing, created through sfumato, are echoed in the undulating imaginary valleys and rivers behind her. The blurred outlines, graceful figure, dramatic contrasts of light and dark, and overall feeling of calm are characteristic of Leonardo's style. Due to the expressive synthesis that Leonardo achieved between sitter and the landscape it is arguable whether Mona Lisa should be considered as a portrait, for it represents rather an ideal than a real woman. The sense of overall harmony achieved in the painting-especially apparent in the sitter's faint smile- reflects Leonardo's idea of the cosmic link connecting humanity and nature, making this painting an enduring record of Leonardo's vision and genius.
It was a portrait that illustrated the leap into 'Humanism' of the Renaissance. Humanism is a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities-particularly rationalism. Humanism is a component of a variety of more specific philosophical systems, and is incorporated into several religious schools of thought. Humanism entails a commitment to the search for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests. A move away from religious focuses in art (though Leonardo did still do some religious paintings) and more of a focus on normal, average, human beings was what this caused.
The Mona Lisa is likely the most famous Humanistic painting, if not simply the most famous painting. It forces us to think about the woman in the picture, what is she thinking? feeling? That is what makes it so grand and mysterious.
[Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_lisa http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism ]
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Lisa Lisa is 44 years old (birthdate: January 15, 1967).
Because, skillwise, the Mona Lisa is an outstanding painting. Many artists and critics say that most people arew drawn to the anigmatic smile also it is an incredibly famous painting.
The Louvre Museum in 1911
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The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci, and was likely a commission to paint the wife (Lisa) of a wealthy merchant named Francesco del Giocondo of Florence.
If you are thinking of buying it, you will be disappointed. It is not for sale. And a thing that is not for sale cannot have a price.
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