Who was Mona Lisa?
Mona Lisa was born on October 28, 1503. As you may have already guessed, her father was Francesco Salviati, a wealthy merchant who was from Bologna.
Many historians point out that Mona Lisa was married to Leonardo da Vinci and was the mother of their only child, Lisa, who was born in 1503. She married the artist in 1510 in exchange for a dowry of 2,000 ducats (maybe she asked for a hundred times that amount). Both of Leonardo’s previous wives were from wealthy and aristocratic families who lived in Florence. According to Leonardo, he only married Lisa to secure Lisa’s future and not because she was rich.
It is generally believed that Leonardo da Vinci painted Mona Lisa’s painting. However, in the 19th century, a woman by the name of Vittoria Colonna claimed to have painted the Mona Lisa herself. However, she died in poverty, and her claim went unsubstantiated. This year, however, 500 years after the painting was created, a scientific team announced that DNA analysis of “some strands of hair” from the painting has proved that it was painted by Da Vinci, and not the artist’s studio assistants, in the Renaissance period. What did the authentication process look like? The French Ministry of Culture commissioned an investigation by a team of art experts, including a forensic anthropologist and an X-ray expert, to examine the painting to make sure that it matched Da Vinci’s known signatures and styles.
The Mona Lisa’s Painting Early History
The Mona Lisa was first shown at the Paris Salon of 1807. The art critic, Géricault, who was curator of the Salon, paid $4,000 for it. According to a contemporary account, he purchased it because “it might one day supplant Titian’s Venus as the world’s most famous painting, and for this reason alone it seemed worth the purchase”. Géricault, who had a reputation for being obsessive-compulsive, refused to paint it but decided he had “a chance to leave some traces in history” and so created an engraving of it on cardboard, which he gave to the famous collector Joseph Duveen. Duveen exhibited it in his museum in New York. The engraving by Géricault sold for $2,800, in today’s dollars, but no one knew its exact provenance, so there was considerable speculation about it.
Who commissioned the painting, why, and when?
The l’Amour des Gens, in which the Mona Lisa is portrayed, is usually attributed to Giorgio Vasari, a 17th-century Venetian artist, and patron. Vasari painted numerous religious images, but he was also an advocate for humanism. He apparently spent three days with Leonardo, and he and his son likely commissioned the work. According to Vasari, Leonardo was aware of the significance of the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian, which made him want to imitate their style in his own work. However, he also had a deep love for the Bible and Renaissance art and believed his work should reflect those influences. He claimed that he found inspiration in portraits of Francesca da Rimini, the sister of Cardinal Francesco, who had recently died.
Who stole the painting?
On July 21, 1911, an Italian thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, stole the painting from the Louvre in Paris and managed to smuggle it out of the museum undetected. According to the Louvre, Peruggia broke into the Louvre by prying open a window and then scaling the wall, concealed in a laundry basket. In the evening, the police began an extensive search of the museum and discovered that Peruggia had spirited the painting out of the museum by hiding it in a silk handkerchief he had tucked into his waistcoat. The following day, Peruggia showed up to collect his cut of the insurance payout, but he was chased away.
The Mona Lisa isn’t the only Leonardo masterpiece to be stolen. A large painting attributed to Leonardo and titled “The Virgin of the Rocks”, was also stolen and found in the home of a Canadian recluse in 1945. Leonardo da Vinci was an outstanding polymath, a man of extraordinary talents and talents in many disciplines.
The main characters behind the painting?
Behind the main characters of this painting are three men: the merchant who sold Leonardo da Vinci the painting in the 1500s, the man who fell to his death while trying to steal the painting in 1911, and a man dressed as a member of the famed Thieves’ Guild who is famous for stealing the painting in 1945. In reality, the artists for the Mona Lisa were a team of three men. As he painted the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci knew the importance of the woman he was depicting.
Why has it outlived Leonardo?
The only thing that distinguishes the Mona Lisa from most other paintings is that it was painted on glass. The crystal layer is found in between the layers of paint on the painting, and over the centuries the painting has become so thick that the tiny patterns on the painting have blurred and blended. This is why, although the image of the Mona Lisa appears sharp and true, it’s not possible to see the subtle movement of the emotions on the faces, which is how real painters produce what is often called great pictures.
The Painting’s Beauty
The Mona Lisa is undeniably recognizable. The lines of her enigmatic smile and facial expression are instantly recognizable around the world. Moreover, her smile is the result of Leonardo’s belief that a smile is a happy expression. Other people have long said she is wearing earrings, but recent studies of the body paint have shown it to be the minimum and the earrings are merely decorative. The eyes are quite round – just the shape Leonardo employed. The Mona Lisa has become an icon of the Renaissance as the subject of the masterpieces that followed. However, with her smile, Mona Lisa suggests that there is more to life than the art of making paintings.