The mysterious smile of Mona Lisa

Throughout history the use of codes and hidden messages were used not only for war and to try to deceive the enemy, sometimes the goal was to provoke an expectation or curiosity in a work of art. The great masters of painting and could put several examples did their best works trying to leave  secret messages. So we appreciate a masterpiece as such because behind there is something more secret than to simple sight we perceive.

I do not believe that I like the picture of The Mona Lisa ( one of the most famous paintings in the world) because it has painted it Leonardo da Vinci or because the model was beautiful, in fact, we might consider her  unattractive. I like because the mystery wraps it.

There is in her something beyond a simple portrait, something deeper, behind that smile and his eyes the painter left codes that today five centuries later, they have gone out to the light.

When talk about the mystery behind the smile, art experts often refer to a painting technique called sfumato, used by  Leonardo Da Vinci. In  lenguage Italian, sfumato means “vanished” or “smoky,”  which eventually created an illusion of depth and shadow. This technique uses a subtle blend of tones and colors to produce the illusion of form, depth and volume.

Why does the Mona Lisa smile?  There has never been a painting so fascinating in history or a smile as mysterious and captivating. Considered the most important portrait painting, Leonardo da Vinci was working on until his death. Lisa Gherandini was the wife of a wealthy merchant and a member of the Florentine government, Francesco del Giocondo who personally commissioned portrait painter. He began painting in 1503 and never gave it to his client and not stopped working on until he died in 1519.   The work was bought by King Francis I of France and became part of the premises of the palace of Versailles. After the French Revolution, Napoleon I bought it for her in her quarters in the palace of the Tuileries. Currently, under tight security, following the theft of 1911, is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

In the XXI century is difficult to understand that in the codices include Renaissance artists in their works, but the challenge for them was to be hide those messages for fear that their ideals were not accepted or were censored. We speak of a period of intolerance, condemnation, and persecution where prohibited art visibly declare what the artist needed to convey. Therefore riddles and veiled images were the only route for those fleeing the harsh doctrines of the time. Leonardo was the artist prototype covering all sciences and whose works have survived not only in time but also like Michelangelo left us convinced that messages probably decipher history over the centuries.

5 pensamientos en “The mysterious smile of Mona Lisa

  1. Good article. I love da Vinci’s work but shudder at all the nonsense written about him and his work. It may even be that an apprentice painted the Mona Lisa. The expression may have been just the one she had – nothing more, nothing less. Congratulations!

  2. Some say there is a scar on the Mona Lisa’s upper lip that indicates that someone or something hit her in the face. I don´t Know, may be they are assumptions.

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