​Leonardo Da Vinci - Mona LisaOil on wood, 1503–1506, 77 × 53 cm, Musée du Louvre in Paris

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Picture description and interpretation of the famous painting'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci!

Leonardo Da Vinci - Mona Lisa

How can we summarize what there is to say about the Mona Lisa? Let's start here - it is without a doubt the most famous painting in the world. But have you ever wondered why?

There are many possible answers to this question - the Mona Lisa is usually associated with her "mysterious smile". Already in the first description of a contemporary da Vinci was made aware of this smile. It also describes the anecdote that Leonardo kept the model happy with musicians to amuse them while painting their portrait. The animated and lively portrayal of the portrayed was already highly appreciated during her lifetime. Who she actually is has not yet been clarified. Since homosexuality was also discussed, some researchers even wanted to recognize predominantly male features in the androgynous face.

Nevertheless, the fame of the painting will not only be due to this detail, but above all to Leonardo's painting technique: the "sfumato" invented by him. This is a technique that covers the motifs in a foggy ground and makes the brush strokes almost invisible. Leonardo created this impression of the murky atmosphere by laying thin layers of glaze mixed with white over the painting ground. This produced a shimmering, broken colour tone. He applied the paint with the finest brushstrokes in such a way that the contours of the motifs seem to flow into each other.

In addition, further details puzzles - even the landscape in the background is not quite consistent, since the horizon line to the left of the Mona Lisa is much lower than to the right. The picture also has two vanishing points. Da Vinci was a meticulous artist and a good observer, so we can assume that this may hardly be due to his inability.

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