What Is a Masterpiece

Topics: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, Raphael Pages: 3 (1241 words) Published: June 18, 2013
Nicole Dale
Masterpiece final

What is a masterpiece anyways and who depicted what makes a piece of art a masterpiece and what doesn’t? As stated in our book a masterpiece is a work that in style, execution and resonance far exceeds what other artists were doing at the same time. A masterpiece is also something that can always stand on its own and it will find admirers in any age. To me a masterpiece is something that accomplishes inner emotion in the viewer as the exterior emotion of the work of art is captured by the eye. It is a piece that when gazed upon takes a piece of your heart with it. Something that could be admired for a lifetime and that over again. One that no matter how many times you have looked at it you find something new and beautiful each and every time. My three masterpieces that I have chosen are; the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, The Cathedral of Notre Dame, and last but, most certainly not least the Pietà by Michelangelo.

The Mona Lisa, so many things being said without a single word. Mona Lisa Gioconda is who Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint and who became this beautiful masterpiece known as the Mona Lisa. Her mysterious smile which reveals a mouth that is showing only the faintest trace of a smile. It is also said that when she was being painted she was looking at something yet we have no clue to what that was and that alone adds to the mystery behind this piece. There is an experiment that is done when looking at the Mona Lisa it is to cover the left side of her face which is said to show a warm, sensuous woman gazing provocatively at you. Then to cover the right side and you will see an aristocrat is finding something mildly amusing. All of these test or analogies are made because, no one can truly tell what it is that the Mona Lisa is really thinking. Looking into her face says a million things all at once, what do you see? It is in Leonardo’s brush work, use of color and vivid imagination...
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