The Mona Lisa is 16th century oil painting created Leonardoda Vinci. The work of art depicts an enigmatic woman gazing atthe viewer, and if you move across the room while looking intoher eyes, they’ll follow you. The French government currentlyowns the Mona Lisa and it is featured at the Musee du Louvrein Paris.
The name of the painting stems from the name of the womanin the portrait, Lisa Gherardini. Leonardo used a pyramid designto place the woman simply and calmly in the space of thepainting. Her breast, neck and face glow in the same light thatmodels her hands. The light gives the variety of living surfacesan underlying geometry of spheres and circles.
Art historians agree that Leonardoda Vinci likely began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503, and completed it within 4 years. In 1516 the King of France, KingFrancois, bought the painting and it is thought that afterLeonardo’s death the painting was cut down.
It has been suggested that there were 2 versions ofthe Mona Lisa painting. The duplicate copy can befound at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. After the Frenchrevolution the painting was moved to the Louvre, andNapoleon had it placed in his bedroom for a short timebefore it was returned to the Louvre.
In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In1913, the art thief was caught when trying to sell the original to aFlorence art dealer. The Mona Lisa is most famous for her facialexpression, her enigmatic smile and da Vinci’s mastering of toneand color in the painting. There is much mythology andinterpretations relating to the painting that mystify the world.Many art critics and art history buffs suggest that the Mona Lisais actually a portrait of da Vinci himself in feminine form.
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