The Mona Lisa

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The Mona Lisa Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most well-known painters and most talented geniuses the world has witnessed, in addition he was one of the biggest Italian masters in painting, sculpture and architecture. (Earls, 2004, p.103) The incredible and famous painting “Mona Lisa” for the painter Leonardo Da Vinci which is 77 cm in high and 53 cm long (31 in × 21 in) (Sassoon, 2001, p.2) was believed that it was painted between c. 1503 to 1506 (Stokatad. Cateforis. Addiss, 2002, p.690), other say that it was painted between c. 1500 to 1504 (Earls, 2004, p.103), but unfortunately he did not finish it. It was done in the renaissance period as it represents the Italian civilization. It was painted in Florence, Italy, the piece appears as it was originally constructed and now kept under strict in Musee du Louvre in Paris, France after it was stolen by an Italian man. (Sassoon, 2001, p.12) The reason why this painting was made is because it was a request from Mona Lisa’s husband Francesco Del Giocondo who was a famous and wealthy merchant in Florence. (Stokatad. Cateforis. Addiss, 2002, p.690) In modern Italian, "Mona" means "my lady" or "madam," so the title means "Madam Lisa". She is 24 years old. The style of the painting is naturalistic, realistic and stylized. Mona Lisa’s look and expression was called enigmatic and mysterious because of her calm smile that was also known as a faded and unclear smile, which does not go with the warmth the one is supposed to see in her eyes. (Stokatad. Cateforis. Addiss, 2002, p.690). It is like the painter could not make her either smile or smirk.(Earls, 2004, p. 113) The fashion at that time for women was to pluck their eyebrows and shave their hairline to increase the height of their forehead and that makes her appearance look more interesting and attractive, this fashion was considered as a beauty to them. So Mona Lisa
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