The “Mona Lisa” name was credited to Giorgio Vasari, (an Italian painter and author), for whom he thought the sitter for Leonardo was (nearly 50 years after the fact). This guy was known to weave a good yarn, and thus, the mysterious Lisa Gheradini, a young wife of the Florentine Merchant Francesco Del Giocondo story was born.
Giorgio has also has been attributed to a great many other strings to the web of things that clouds the mystery behind this most famous painting in the world. But let us move on.
We know Mona Lisa painting is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel (during the Italian Renaissance). The work is owned by the French Government and is on the wall in the Louvre in Paris, France.
I’ve been there once to view it, and because of the crowds, security plexa-glass and a fairly far reaching security border of red rope with guys standing around with mini machine guns, you have a better chance at seeing it right here!
The painting is of a half-length portrait depicting a woman whose expression has been explained as enigmatic, which means, having a quality of mystery and ambiguity and so difficult to understand or interpret. In other words, its hard to understand.
It’s the same expression my wife gives me when she knows I don’t know, but I think I know, if you know what I mean! I think she knows a lot more than she’s letting on!
It is said that because her right hand rests on top the left depicts a virtuous woman as would a wedding ring. My knowledge in this area is sparse so I’ll take their word for it.She has also no visible facial hair. Common it was to remove (tweeze) away eyebrows and eyelashes as it was viewed unsightly. What a shame!
This painting is one of the first known to depict a person in front of a landscape. Give Leonardo credit to think outside the box.
The faint smile in her face helps us to feel the overall harmony achieved in the painting and in connecting humanity and nature within the same piece. No wonder Leonardo fell in love with the Mona Lisa painting, and never let her out of his reach.
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