Leonardo and The Lady with a Mystic Smile
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Leonardo and The Lady with a Mystic Smile

Photo above is a very famous “international figure” which has been and is still admired by a great number of art lovers. The model of the painting was Mona Lisa, and the portrait itself was painted by Leonardo da Vinci probably in 1504 or 1505. The masterpiece now belongs to the Louvre in Paris, the largest museum in the world, and one of the oldest.

Photo beneath is a very famous “international figure” which has been and is still admired by a great number of art lovers. The model of the painting was Mona Lisa, and the portrait itself was painted by Leonardo da Vinci probably in 1504 or 1505. The masterpiece now belongs to the Louvre in Paris, the largest museum in the world, and one of the oldest. Mona Lisa was a Florentine lady and the wife of one of Leonardo’s friends with whom the artist got acquainted when he lived in Florence. It said that Leonardo secretly loved his mode and adored her beauty.

                                  

Perhaps no one in history has achieved so much in so many different fields as did Leonardo da Vinci. He has often been called the world’s supreme genius, and certainly he possessed a great number of different talents. He was a clever mathematician, painter, sculptor and architect. He designed bridges, highways, weapons, costumes and scientific instruments, one of which was a diving tank, perhaps intended as what we now call a submarine or for oceanographic studies, or both. He also made important discoveries about the structure of the human body and he designed flying machines, including one that was meant to be able to fly upwards like a modern-day helicopter. Although these flying machines which he modeled partly from a study of bats and birds never actually flew, his ideas about flight were so much in advance of his time that it took four centuries before the actual flying machines could be designed and built by the Wright brothers of America in 1903. One Leonardo painted an angel. It turned out to be so beautiful and to bring him so much praise that his teacher Verrocchio is said to have felt beaten and embarrassed, and to have given up painting forever. From his notes books we can tell that Leonardo approached science and art in the same methodical manner. After studying a problem, he made many sketches to help him find a solution. He saw no difference between planning a machine and a painting, and he became an expert in every field that interested him.

 

LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452 - 1519)

Leonardo was a perfectionist. When he was interested in something he would study it thoroughly and whole heartedly. As a portrait painter, for instance, he was so anxious to make the people he painted truly life like that he studied the anatomy of human body and even dissected about 30 corpses in order to see how the human body was constructed. Leonardo was born in the small Italian town of Vinci in 1452. His father was a successful government official and his mother was a farm girl. Leonardo spent his early years on his family’s farm free to explore in the fields and streams, he grew to love nature and the outdoor life. He had an eager interest in how things worked. He bought caged birds in the market-place and set them free. He did this because he could not stand to see birds in cages and also because he wanted to learn exactly how birds fly. As for the love Leonardo felt Mona Lisa, some for observers say that it is because Leonardo, the artist fell in love with the object or model of his painting that he succeeded in painting her excellently. Others are of the opinion that as he was painting the lady the love for the model developed naturally.

Whatever your opinion may be, the principle is that if you want to be a good artist, you should have a sincere love for your talent and profession and for the object you want to paint. For a true artist, everything that is worth painting is beautiful and is worth your love, and anything beautiful is worth painting. The “Mona Lisa” is one of the most famous and most admired paintings in the world and it is often called the portrait of “the lady with a mystic smile”. The admiration comes from the fact that the face of the model is really lovely and every feature of it has been painted delicately. The delicate smile is really mysterious, giving answer to no question. Does it reflect self-confidence, a strong personality, patience, motherliness, femininity, or just a sincere love, and if does, for whom it was the love intended….?

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A favorite piece of art to many people, with much more than meets the eye. Thanks for the abundance of information.

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