Mona Lisa

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

mona lisa

This painting,  the Mona Lisa, is regarded as one of the most famous masterpieces of all time.    Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, approximately from 1503-1506, the Mona Lisa set the stage for Da Vinci’s dominance in the art world.  The Mona Lisa is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, who was a member of the Gherardini family in Italy.  The husband of Lisa Gherardini asked Da Vinci to paint a portrait of his wife, and that is how the Mona Lisa came to be.  Da Vinci worked on the Mona Lisa for countless years, but failed to finish at first.  After being invited to France by the King to work in his castle, it is reported that Da Vinci took the Mona Lisa with him and finished the job.  The Mona Lisa was subject to theft in later years because of its huge popularity and high value.  Today, the Mona Lisa is priceless, and is the most iconic figure in art.

Leonardo Da Vinci is portraying the ideal wife, how humanity connects with nature, and the Madonna (The Virgin Mother).  The gesture the woman makes with her hands is a use of symbolism by Da Vinci that she is a virtuous woman and faithful wife.  The gesture is that her left hand is resting on her right hand that represents a feeling of calmness.  The beautiful landscape in the distance and the glow and faint smile of the woman reflects the idea that there is a link between women and nature.  The Mona Lisa woman seems to blend into the scenery, which gives the impression that she is a part of nature.  Da Vinci utilizes the way the Mona Lisa woman is seated to represent that of the Madonna.  The Madonna had a signature pose that was present in multiple paintings created during the time that the Mona Lisa was made.  Also, the posture of the Mona Lisa forms a triangle similar to that of The Holy Trinity.  Most paintings by Da Vinci were of the religious type, and often included formations of the Holy Trinity triangle.  In conclusion, the Mona Lisa represents nature, beauty, and the Holy Trinity of the Christian faith.

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