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Da Vinci exploited an optical illusion to create a unique smile through perspective and his use of shadow work. Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in such a way that the eyes of the Mona Lisa fall directly in the center of vision of the viewer, while the lips fall just under the periphery of one’s vision.
The subject of the paintings is popularly believed to be an Italian noblewoman called Lisa del Giocondo – the wife of a wealthy Florentine silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo.
The painting was commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea. In those days, in Italy, Mona meant Madonna, which was how all women were addressed (e.g., Mrs.) and therefore the name Mona Lisa.
The Italian name of the Mona Lisa painting is La Gioconda, which literally translates to ‘the jovial/happy one’. This is supposed to be a pun on the feminine name form of Lisa’s married name – Giocondo.
Leonardo da Vinci used several unique and innovative techniques to paint the Mona Lisa. The painting redefined the rules of contemporary art at the time and the method he employed has become an integral part of today’s art school curriculum.
The technique (of not using lines or borders)
One of the tools da Vinci created was the sfumato technique, which translates to ‘without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke’. It was typical at the time for artists to form an outline, whereas Da Vinci did not use outlines, but instead used different tones/shades of paint to create the illusion of light and shadow.
Starting with dark undertones, he built the illusion of three-dimensional features through layers and layers of thin, semi-transparent glazes. He used darker shades to highlight features and borders of the subject. The use of this technique caught the interest of the art circle in Paris and was hailed as a groundbreaking innovation in painting.
There were many other unique characteristics of the Mona Lisa that intrigued the art world and viewers, such as the landscape (mountains and rivers) in the background. A portrait was usually drawn with a background of open sky, a monotone background, or a room. The background was also unusual due to the dimensions of the mountains.
However, these small points of uniqueness are only recognized by people in the know or by those who have studied the painting; this still doesn’t explain why everyone in the world seems to wants to see it.
LIVE LONG WITH YOUR UNIQUE SMILE MONA LISA….
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