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Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa

Background

Leonardo da Vinci was another one of the big three. He was a great example of a “Renaissance man” meaning he did almost everything. For example he was a painter, scientist, and sculptor. In addition, he was the first person to understand the blood circulation of the body. He also kept an interesting yet complicated journal. Da Vinci’s journal was written left to right and had many ideas/inventions in it that are used today. Because of the lack of technology at the time his inventions couldn’t be realized, but you can see sketches for things like helicopter and airplanes hundreds of years before their time. As an artist, da Vinci created many new techniques that are still used today. Despite being a inventor before his time, he was famous for making interesting pieces like the Mona LIsa (1503-1506). The Mona Lisa is a very interesting due to its unique features. She is most well known for her “half smile,” and her eyes tend to follow you wherever you go.

Interpretation

Along with the creepy smile and eyes, another interesting thing about her is that she was first thought to resemble Leonardo himself, but after the discovery of a single note, it cleared up things a little. Now people say that the painting is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, patron for da Vinci. Along with being interesting, this piece has many artistic techniques. One, the face is very close to the vanishing point. Another, he makes the pale face stick out by adding vibrant colors more in the background. Unlike the middle ages, the Mona Lisa has many vibrant colors and has many specific details. The details are visible in the background and also in the face itself, bringing out the spirit of the Renaissance in Leonardo da Vinci’s work. As being the most recognizable face in the world, the Mona Lisa is definitely one of the best pieces from the Renaissance, even if it does not involve religion.

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