The Mona Lisa

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The Mona Lisa, is it just a piece of artwork, or one of the best pieces of artwork in the history of art? The Mona Lisa was painted in the early 16th century by one of the most widely known artist at that time, Leonardo Da Vinci. It is said that the painting is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini the wife of Francesco Del Giocondo, but also could be portrayed as Da Vinci himself in female form. Researchers claim that Da Vinci used mathematical equations to create the painting such as, the golden triangle, golden ratio, golden rectangle, as well as many more. The golden rules of mathematics incorporated in the painting made it possible for Da Vinci to paint the half-length portrait, which allowed him to position half of a person to fill the whole wooden board. The true facts behind the painting are still unknown to this day. The Mona Lisa has been a very important piece of artwork for centuries and is very common in todays’ society. It took Da Vinci many years to finish, due to the details of the whole painting from the background, to the shading of the veil that is worn on her head. He carried the Mona Lisa everywhere he traveled, because he had a more emotional attachment to the piece and it symbolized sentimental value to him, also giving him more time to work on the portrait. Art historians believe there is a real “Da Vinci Code” within the painting itself, because when the image is highly magnified you can see a mixture of numbers and letters imbedded throughout the painting, such as “LV” in the right pupil of the eye, also this technique was discovered in many other paintings Da Vinci completed throughout his years of being an artist. Art historians believe that Da Vinci used this code in order to express himself through paintings. It has become a symbol of the renaissance era of art work. The painting has stood the test of time with it being over 500 years old and still in good condition. Da Vinci was one of the first painters to use the half-length portrait...
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