The Mona Lisa is an extremely sought after and recognized painting. It was painted by the famous Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci between the years of 1503-1506 from what historians believe. The painting standing only 30 inches by 21 inches is a portrait of a woman, on poplar panels done with oil acrylic. This piece created a lot of ground breaking techniques for the period in which it was painted for the art world. It was said that there was a possibility this piece was at first a commission piece of Lisa Gherardini who was the wife of a famous businessman in Florence. Some also believe it was a self portrait of the painter himself as feminine. He supposedly never finished the commission and traveled with the painting to show off his talent. Da vinci painted her in a three quarter pose which established a new style of poses that we still use to this day. Most portraits were silhouettes or full figured with very prominent backgrounds in the 15th century, a difference that makes the painting visually appealing is her arms and body at the lower half of the painting create the base or heavier part of a pyramid that points up to the angelic face of the mysterious gaze of the lady. Leonardo created the technique called 'sfumato' as well which in italian means blended, this technique was a new way to layer translucent color to create depth, volume, and form. Sfumato creates a very smokey background in the painting almost as if you get a sense of movement. Another thing to look for when looking at this painting is realizing that the background on either side of Lisa is at different horizon points and two different landscapes and how it slowly gets more hazy as it gets farther made it one of the first portraits ever to use an imaginary landscape. Not only does this painting symbolize inventions of new painting techniques, it also has other meanings as well. In 1516 king Francois of France bought the Mona Lisa, later after the French...
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