The Mona Lisa

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Is a smile always just a smile? This would seem to be the question that the artist who painted the “Mona Lisa” was trying to convey. The “Mona Lisa”, also referred to as the “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini”, was commissioned by an unknown person or persons around 1503 A.D. and painted by the highly revered artist Leonardo di ser Piero Da Vinci, known now as Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519). Da Vinci used poplar wood for the canvas of the “Mona Lisa” and created the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism with various shades of oil paints, diffused lighting and the usage of geometric shapes throughout his work. This hauntingly beautiful piece of art is housed at the Musee du Louvre, in Paris France, behind humidity and temperature controlled bullet proof casing due to attacks of vandalism and the ongoing attempt to maintain this piece throughout history. The painting is mostly known for the mysterious and alluring smile of a woman whose eyes seem to be hiding a secret. Is this secret the reason behind the all knowing and slightly smug appearance of the half smile on Mona Lisa’s” face, or is it a secret that can unlock the deepest depths of a woman’s femininity? This question is one that can only be answered by whoever is viewing the Donna, as she appears to look at each and everyone in a unique way.

The portrait depicts the buxom upper body of a young woman who is seated in a chair with a distant landscape that is visible in the backdrop. Installed in the painting using what is called the “Pyramid Design”, the woman is portrayed at eye level with a small distance between her and the point of view of the artist, as if you were seated near her but forced to keep at bay. This gives the viewer a feeling of allurement coming from the woman and causes your eyes to be drawn closer to hers. It is interesting to note that the woman has no facial hair of any kind including eyebrows or eyelashes, although recent scientific discovery proves that facial hair...
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