Leonardo da Vinci Painting - Mona Lisa
Title: Mona Lisa, 1503 / 1506
Leonardo da Vinci
Famous Italian Artist - Renaissance
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one of the most famous paintings in the
world, the portrait of the Mona Lisa is
referred to as simply the Mona Lisa, La
Joconde, or La Gioconda. It is an oil on
board painting that is 77cm high and 53cm
wide. It is thought that the portrait is
the wife of the wealthy socialite Francesco
del Giocondo, Lisa Gherardini.
The portrait has been written about and
discussed in countless books and publications.
Artists and more recently film makers have
also produced derivative works from the
Mona Lisa. Artists like Andy
Warhol and Marcel Duchamp produced works
inspired by the painting. The film starring
Julia Robert called the "Mona Lisa
Smile" and the popular novel by Dan
Brown titled "The da Vinci Code"
were also influenced by the Mona Lisa.
The Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre Museum
in Paris, France and is visited by thousands
of tourists every year.
According to the Louvre, the Mona Lisa "may
have been painted to mark one of two events..
either when Francesco del Giocondo and his
wife bought their own house in 1503, or
when their second son, Andrea, was born
in December 1502 after the death of a daughter
in 1499. The delicate dark veil that covers
Mona Lisa's hair is sometimes considered
a mourning veil. In fact, such veils were
commonly worn as a mark of virtue. Her clothing
is unremarkable. Neither the yellow sleeves
of her gown, nor her pleated gown, nor the
scarf delicately draped round her shoulders
are signs of aristocratic status."
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