Mona Lisa (c. 1503-4) by Leonardo da Vinci

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TitleMona Lisa
ArtistLeonardo da Vinci
Datec.1503 - c.1519
MediumOil on Panel (Poplar Wood)
Dimensions77 x 53 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France
Location Created Florence, Italy
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About Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is a portrait painting created by the renowned Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci around 1503-4. The painting illustrates an enigmatic and smiling woman known as the Mona Lisa. While her true identity remains unclear, it is believed to be of a Florentine noblewoman named Lisa del Giocondo (born Gherardini).

Leonardo presented a new artistic formula with the Mona Lisa that showcased his mastery of sfumato. This technique enhances the painting’s mystery and seems to capture the figure’s ethereal quality. The image shows the figure at half-length sitting in an armchair in front of a loggia, with hands crossed gentle on her lap.

This painting was one of the earliest examples in Italian portraiture that emphasized such a half-length format, which became widely popular afterward. After more than five centuries since its creation, this masterpiece still captivates artists worldwide for its technical mastery and visual allure. Despite being viewed by millions of people annually, numerous theories discuss different aspects of its inspiration by scholars and historians regarding subjects like landscape symbolism or facial expression features.

The techniques utilized for this magnificent piece are impressive even today: approximately 20 light layers create intricate detail over time; some are incredibly thin, wispy strokes that give depth to hair strands or furrowed brows adding further dimensionality through varying brushstrokes overall. This artwork exemplifies Leonardo’s contribution to artistry within oil paintings and symbolic representations throughout history concerning feminine gracefulness explicitly conveyed in this portrait’s haunting gaze that has entranced viewers worldwide ever since inception.

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