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Analysis of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
  2010-06-09 20:21:53 Author:SystemMaster Source: Size of the characters:[big][middle][small]

"Mona Lisa"----created by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The article below will try to analyse "Mona Lisa" which is one of the most famous oil paintings in the world:

Mona Lisa is a 16th-century portrait oil painting created in oil on a poplar panel in Florence, Italy by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Renaissance period. The work is currently owned by the Government of France and is on display at the Louvre museum in Paris under the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. As well-known, it is the most famous and iconic painting in the world.Mona Lisa Portrait Painting Mengnalisa Menna Lisa Davinci Vinci

The painting is a half-length portrait painting and depicts a woman whose facial expression is frequently described as enigmatic.Others believe that the slight smile is an indication that the subject is hiding a secret. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, the monumentality of the composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work.

Da Vinci modified the formula however, creating a sense of distance between the sitter and observer, mostly utilizing the arm chair on which she rests. Everything about her posture speaks reservation and silence. However, her eyes silently meet the gaze of the observer, drawing the viewer into her eye line. Everything surrounding her face is dark, bringing that much more focus to the light of her face and the attraction it provides. The overall effect is a kind of natural attraction to her, drawn in by her appearance, but it immediately contrasts with the distance Leonardo creates between subject and observer.

The landscape of this painting has long been pointed out as the first instance of portrait on landscape. Seated in the midst of an open loggia with what appears to be pillars on either side of her, a vast landscape stretches out towards an icy mountain range. The curves of her hair and clothing are emulated in the waves of the landscape and steady curves in the river and hills behind her. Looking at the scenery behind this living portrait painting, we will be surprised to find this background scenery look visional. The mountains, roads, streams, etc. all come up in kind of dreamy and ethereal environment, which is just like to indicate that Mona Lisa is immersing in the world of a beautiful dream.

The question has thus arisen as to whether the Mona Lisa is as much a portrait painting as it is the depiction of an ideal. The harmony between the model and the landscape behind her creates a sort of natural order, all punctuated by the detail of her mouth and that world famous and well-known smile.

For centuries, historians, psychologists, writers, and politicians have been trying to offer their own theories as to what the smile of Mona Lisa might signify. Freud characterized it as an allusion to an Oedipus complex (he was in love with his mother) in Da Vinci while others have stated that it is a sign of innocence and calm. The question of why the smile is seen in so many different ways has become almost as big of a research subject as the smile itself. There have been scientists who point out the special relations of the smile and how human sight picks up on them. Margaret Livingstone, a professor at Harvard claims that the painting is most effective when viewed peripherally. The smile is more effective when looking at her eyes for example.

Edited by Kevin from Xiamen Romandy Art Limited.
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Refer to:

1.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa 

2.http://ezinearticles.com/?Analysis-of-the-Mona-Lisa-Painting&id=832462 


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