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Contents Biography of Monalisa ……………………………………………………… Leonardo da Vinci…………………………………………………………… Mystery of Monalisa ………………………………………………………… Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………


Biography of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa (also known La Gioconda or La Joconde) is the 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel in Florence by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. It was accomplished between 1503 and 1506. Now it is property of French Government and it is showed at Louvre in Paris, France with the title 'Lisa Gherardini,’ wife of Francesco del Giocondo. It is perhaps the most famous and iconic painting in the world. He painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose facial expression is frequently described as enigmatic. Others believe that the slight smile is an indication that the subject is hiding a secret. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, the monumentality of the composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work. The history of the panel has been much discussed, although it remains in part uncertain. According to Vasari, the subject is a young Florentine woman, Monna (or Mona) Lisa, who in 1495 married the well-known figure, Francesco del Giocondo, and thus came to be known as ``La Gioconda''. Leonardo himself loved the portrait, so much so that he always carried it with him until eventually in France it was sold to François I, either by Leonardo or by Melzi.


From the beginning it was greatly admired and much copied, and it came to be considered the prototype of the Renaissance portrait. It became even more famous in 1911. It is difficult to discuss such a work briefly because of the complex stylistic motifs which are part of it. Thus Mona Lisa has that slight smile which enters into the gentle, delicate atmosphere pervading the whole painting. To achieve this effect, Leonardo uses the sfumato technique, a gradual dissolving of the forms themselves, continuous interaction between light and shade and an uncertain sense of the time of day.


Leonardo da Vinci

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Born: 15 April 1452 Birthplace: Vinci, Italy Died: 2 May 1519 (natural causes) Best Known As: Painter of the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci) is best remembered as

the painter of the Mona Lisa (1503-1506) and The Last Supper (1495). But he's almost equally famous for his astonishing multiplicity of talents: he dabbled in architecture, sculpture, engineering, geology, hydraulics and the military arts, all with success, and in his spare time doodled parachutes and flying machines that resembled inventions of the 19th and 20th centuries. He made detailed drawings of human anatomy which are still highly regarded today. Leonardo also was quirky enough to write notebook entries in mirror (backwards) script, a trick which kept many of his observations from being widely known until decades after his death.

Leonardo da Vinci means "Leonardo from the town of Vinci," and thus he is generally referred to in short as "Leonardo" rather than as "da Vinci"... He received a fresh burst of public interest in 2003 with the publication of The Da Vinci Code, the bestselling thriller by author Dan Brown.


Mona Lisa mysteries A zoomed-in image of Mona Lisa's left eye revealed a single brush stroke in the eyebrow region, Cotte said. "I am an engineer and scientist, so for me all has to be logical. It was not logical that Mona Lisa does not have any eyebrows or eyelashes," Cotte told LiveScience. "I discovered one hair of the eyebrow." Cotte discovered the pigment just behind the right wrist matched up perfectly with that of the painted cover that drapes across Mona Lisa's knee. So it did make sense: The forearm and wrist held up one side of a blanket. "The wrist of the right hand is up high on the stomach. But if you look deeply in the infrared you understand that she holds a cover with her wrist," Cotte said. Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous portrait in the world, but now some are speculating that the woman with the inscrutable smile may not be a woman after all. They are suggesting that the Mona Lisa may be a self-portrait, da Vinci in drag.


Conclusion Other revelations include: • • • • • • • •

Lace on Mona Lisa's dress The transparency of the veil shows da Vinci first painted a landscape and then used transparency techniques to paint the veil atop it. A change in the position of the left index and middle finger. The elbow was repaired from damage due to a rock thrown at the painting in 1956. The blanket covering Mona Lisa's knees also covers her stomach. The left finger was not completely finished. A blotch mark on the corner of the eye and chin are varnish accidents, countering claims that Mona Lisa was sick. And the Mona Lisa was painted on uncut poplar board, contrary to speculations.


Works cited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/vinci/joconde/ http://www.answers.com/topic/leonardo-da-vinci http://www.livescience.com/history/071018-mona-lisa.html http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/leonardo-da-vincis-mona-lisa-selfportrait/story?id=9662394


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