Robinson high school
Session: May 2012
Word Count: 3289
Mona Lisa, Finding the Key to the Mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci
Mona Lisa, a painting created by a legendary painter: Leonardo da Vinci, leaves various codes and secrets evident in the painting that adds to its mysteriousness. People today have an obsession to finding out the secrets to unlocking the vault of art history. There are many theories that possibly explain the secrets of the painting: Mona Lisa. These theories are formed by the art experts who are curious on why the Mona Lisa was painted. Some of the theories that will be revealed are my personal theory and interpretation of the Mona Lisa, the theory that Mona Lisa is Lisa Gheradini, the theory that believes Mona Lisa is a self-portrait, the theory that da Vinci is homosexual, the theory that explains the land scape, the theory that explains the smile of the figure, and the theory that are made using forensics. Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa Kawakami 2
and left vague evidence on how it should be interpreted and this ambiguity led to the forming of these theories. led to forming these theories. Although many of these theories seem to be convincing, there is no conclusive evidence that determines how da Vinci really wanted Mona Lisa to be interpreted due to his lack of presence. Abstract:
How did Leonardo da Vinci intend for the Mona Lisa to be interpreted? The first thing I performed in this research was create my own critical analysis of the Mona Lisa. In the critical analysis, I took every aspect I could gather and analyze the meaning that I personally derived from the painting. Looking at the painting, I considered paintings by different artists that support the finding of my critical analysis, and compared them with the Mona Lisa. In the critical analysis, I used the same method of analyzing an artwork in the art class.
After the forming the critical analysis, I considered research that discussed theories formed by experts, and listed how these theories compare and contrast with my own critical analysis. I wrote source analyses on each theory considering if the sources were reliable or not. The fragment within this research I attempted to establish, I defined the pros and cons of each theory since these ideas are not absolute in discovering the true knowledge of the Mona Lisa.
Finally, I analyzed the artwork where finding the truth of the Mona Lisa is almost impossible. One can gather that finding evidence to define the painting is far too difficult for its standards. Theories are made in order to hypothesize the interpretation the painting gives and that there are no definite answer to how Leonardo da Vinci expected the painting to be interpreted. -
The Mona Lisa is a painting created by Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and a philosopher (Leonardo da Vinci’s life 1) . The painting took three years to Kawakami 3
complete (1503-1506) while da Vinci was living in Florence, Italy. The Mona Lisa is currently showcased in Louvre which is a museum located in Paris, France.
The Mona Lisa is a portrait of a woman wearing a veil with green loose clothing. It appears that the figure is possibly seated in front of a mountain type of landscape. The woman in the painting is resting her arms on a very dark object that is hard to distinguish. The facial expression is hard to determine and expressionless. The smile seems to “disappear” when the eye is focused and the eyes of the figure are made to look directly at the viewer disregarding the position of the viewer. As for the background, there is a river that is surrounded by mountains and hills, a zig zag shaped road, and a bridge that creates a pathway for the right side of the river. The sky is extremely gloomy with clouds and the mountains in the back are painted in a way that a viewer cannot determine an effective line. The major elements and...