Mona lisa 238x355mm

The Mona Lisa

Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is probably the most famous portrait ever painted. In Leonardo’s eyes it was never completed. The mysterious smile of the subject, a young Italian woman named Lisa del Giocondo, has fascinated countless viewers. He began work on the Mona Lisa in 1503. It was probably his favorite piece as he kept it with him at all times, and did not travel without it. In fact, it was the only painting he possessed at the time of his death. Thousands of people see it each year in the Louvre in Paris, perhaps drawing their own interpretation on what is known as the Mona Lisa's most famous and enigmatic feature – her smile. In that era, the slight opening of the lips at the corners of the mouth was considered a sign of elegance. Thus Mona Lisa has that slight smile pervading the whole painting. To achieve this effect, Leonardo used the sfumatotechnique, a gradual dissolving of the forms themselves, continuous interaction between light and shade and an uncertain sense of the time of day. From the beginning, the painting was greatly admired and much copied, and it came to be considered the prototype of the Renaissanceportrait. It became even more famous in 1911, when it was stolen from the Louvre, being rediscovered in a hotel in Florence two years later. 

Da Vinci - Inventions
  1. Welcome and Introduction
  2. Life and Times
  3. About Leonardo
  4. Codices - Notebooks
  5. Anatomical Studies
  6. Alphabet and Introduction to Leonardo's Inventions
  7. Civil Machines
  8. Autotraction Car
  9. The Ideal City
  10. Father of Flight
  11. Aerial Screw
  12. Flying Machine
  13. Glider
  14. Parachute
  15. Introduction and Overview of Aquatic and Hydraulic Machines
  16. Emergency Bridge
  17. Scuba and Breathing Equipment
  18. Submarine
  19. Paddle Boat
  20. Instruments of Optics, Music, and Time
  21. Mechanical Drum
  22. Spot Light
  23. Mirror Room
  24. Physics and Mechanical Principals
  25. The Last Supper
  26. Bicycle
  27. Military Engineering
  28. Ogival Bullet
  29. Three-Registered Machine Gun
  30. Steam Canon
  31. The Battle of Anghiara Drawings
  32. Renaissance Art
  33. The Mona Lisa
  34. Self Portrait
  35. The Lady with an Ermine
  36. Annunciation
  37. Virgin of the Rocks
  38. The Madonna Litta
  39. The Benois Madonna
  40. Portrait of a Musician
  41. St. Jerome
  42. The Vitruvian Man
  43. Sforza Horse Sculpture
  44. Conclusion and Thank You