Professor Alyssa Schwendener
December 4, 2014
The original artwork of the Mona Lisa was painted on a wood known as poplar wood. The Mona Lisa is an admirable work of art, due to every detail being exemplified within the painting itself. The face represents a sense of modeling while also appearing to be realistic. Leonardo da Vinci worked on this painting, along with many others, by being patient and creative: he first applied a few layers of coating onto a wooden panel, then he began drawing his central theme right onto his work of art because he then began drawing it in oil, applying turpentine which happened to not be as strong, and allowed him to draw on countless coatings of translucent color, better known for the term glaze, and to ceaselessly redesign the face. The transparent color increases the effects on the face with the way the shaded area is distinctively opposite to the area of the face that happens to contain light. The reason that this method of painting is applied on artworks is so that it can allow the ideal replica of a person’s skin, because of delicate treatment of how a person is supposed to look like transmitted into some sort of shaded entity, which allowed Leonardo to content his fixation with authenticity.
One of the very first account about the Mona Lisa, goes back from the last couple of years that Leonardo da Vinci was still alive. When Leonardo was staying in France, he took the painting there while he was visiting and lived at the court Francois, however, Leonardo started on the portrait while he was living in Florence within the years of 1503 and 1506. With that being said, the person who is in the painting of the Mona Lisa was possibly from the city of Florence.
The Mona Lisa is a part of art history and I feel that this portrait, in particular, would have been an ideal topic to talk about in this class, and I wanted to do research about the Mona Lisa so that I could read more into the key factors that were incorporated in the creation of this painting.