The Mona Lisa & Leonardo da Vinci

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This is non-linear learning resource designed for a year 8 visual art class. This learning resource is designed to be used independently by each student and allows for a range of abilities through the inclusion of extension tasks and activities. Different types of learners are also supported through the inclusion of visual, written and verbal information.

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The Mona Lisa & Leonardo da Vinci

  1. 1. The Mona Lisa &Leonardo Da Vinci
  2. 2. Mona Lisa Who? 78 cm If you would like to take a more in depth look at the Mona Lisa, click here. 53 cm
  3. 3. The Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci If you feel that you would like to learn more about Leonardo Da Vinci, click here to go to the online resource Universal Leonardo and use the timeline to explore his life. Who: Leonardo Da Vinci Born: April 15th, 1452 in Anchiano, Italy Died: May 2nd, 1519 in Clos Luce, France Artworks Include: The Mona Lisa, Ginevra de’ Benci, Lady with an Ermine and The Last Supper
  4. 4. Ginevra de’ BenciAs with many of DaVinci’s paintings,Ginevra de’ Benciincludes a clue to thesitter’s identity. Thefigure sits in front of ajuniper bush, andjuniper is ginepro inItalian. Ginevra de Benci Leonardo Da Vinci 1475BACK
  5. 5. Lady with an ErmineLady with an Ermine isthought to show CeciliaGallerani. Many criticsbelieve that this ladywas also the model forthe angel in the secondVirgin of the Rocks. Theermine the sitter holdsrepresents purity and isa clue to sitters identity.The Greek word forermine is galle. Lady with an Ermine Leonardo Da Vinci 1488-1490BACK
  6. 6. The Last SupperThe Last Supper is a fresco whichwas painted in the Church of SantaMaria delle Grazie. In the work DaVinci captures several moments atonce. Within the same scene wesee the shock on the faces of theapostles even as Jesus isannouncing his coming betrayal.Some critics have suggested thatthe figure sitting as Jesus’ righthand is not a man at all, but isactually Mary Magdalene. Do youthink this figure is a woman or aman, why or why not? The Last Supper Leonardo Da Vinci 1495-1498 BACK
  7. 7. Revolutionising Painting Key termsSfumato:The building up of manylayers of paint to createdepthPyramidal Composition:The composition of thesitter is shaped like apyramid, with the sitter’shands acting as the base
  8. 8. Extra, Extra. Read all about it! MONA LISA STOLEN !!! Mona Lisa stolen by man in love with her!Mona Lisa stolenby mad man! Mona Lisa stolen by jealous Mona Lisa Picasso! stolen by crazed art fan! France weeps at the loss of an icon.
  9. 9. Mona Lisa in Music The Mona Lisa has been included in many songs as a symbol of beauty and mystery. Click on the images below to listen to snippets of some of these songs. Each clip is about a minute long, let them play through, take note of the themes and then click on another song. Do you recognise them? Perhaps you can think of other songs that mention the Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa Performed by Nat King Cole 1950The Ballad of Mona LisaPerformed by Panic! At the disco Mona Lisa2011 Performed by Britney Spears 2004 BACK
  10. 10. Mona Lisa Four Times Andy WarholAndy Warhol, theleading pioneer of PopArt, took a modern viewof the Mona Lisa. Heneither viewed it as amasterpiece, or an icon.Instead, it was simplyanother image whichhas been, and couldcontinue to be,endlessly multiplied bytechnology. Mona Lisa Four Times Andy Warhol c. 1963BACK
  11. 11. Advertising, Magazines and BooksThe Mona Lisa has been adopted by countless companies andassociations to help sell their products, yet she still remains thedefining masterpiece in the history of art. Here are just a fewexamples of the Mona Lisa is advertising. Perhaps you can think ofsome more.BACK
  12. 12. Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa Salvador Dali In his Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa, Dali parodied not only the painting itself, but also its most famous disfigurement, Marcel Duchamp’s, L.H.O.O.Q. of 1919. Dali replaced Duchamp’s understated additions by collaging his trade Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa mark moustache, his own Salvador Dali hands and an avalanche of 1954 coins to the work.BACK
  13. 13. L.H.O.O.Q. Marcel Duchamp L.H.O.O.Q. Marcel DuchampBACK 1919
  14. 14. QuizQuestion 1Who painted the Mona Lisa and when? a) Michael Angelo in 1754 b) Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503 c) Eugene Delacroix in 1855
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  16. 16. Question 2Who stole the Mona Lisa in 1911? a) Leonardo Da Vinci b) The owner of the Louvre c) Vincenzo Peruggia
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  18. 18. Question 3)Who was Lisa Gherardini? a) The woman the painting was based on b) Leonardo Da Vinci’s wife c) The person who stole the painting
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  20. 20. Question 4What made the Mona Lisa such a revolutionarypainting? a) The gaze of the Mona Lisa b) The pyramidal composition of the painting c) The way in which the sitter is presented, true to life d) Da Vinci’s painting techniques, such as Sfumato e) All of the above
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  22. 22. You’ve completed the quiz!Good job, now that you know more about the MonaLisa, would you like to see if YOU can get the MonaLisa to smile?Click here and have go at the online game. Just clickthe play button, read the instructions and see howyou go! When you close the internet browser you willbe brought back to this page.References for the artworks and musicwithin this presentation can be foundhere.
  23. 23. ReferencesColes, N. (1950). Mona Lisa [Single]. USA: Paramount Music Corporation.Dali, S. (1954). Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa [Photographic Print]. Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Spain.Da Vinci, L. (1475) Ginevra de Benci [Oil on wood]. National Gallery of Washingon, USA.Da Vinci, L. (1488-1490) Lady with an Ermine [Oil on walnut]. Czartoryski Museum, Krakow, Poland.Da Vinci, L. (1495-1498) The Last Supper [Fresco]. Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy.Da Vinci, L. (1503). Mona lisa [Oil on wood]. Louvre, Paris, France.Duchamp, M. (1919). L.H.O.O.Q. [Painting on Postcard]. Private Collection.Panic! At The Disco. (2011). The Ballad of Mona Lisa. On Vices & Virtues [CD]. Newyork, NY: Warner Music Company.Spears, B. (2004). Mona Lisa. On The Original Doll [CD]. USA: Jive Records.Warhol, A. (1963). Mona Lisa Four Times [Silk screen]. Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Newyork, USA.

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