Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" Term Paper by Nicky

Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
A discussion and examination of Leonardo da Vinci's famed masterpiece, "Mona Lisa".
# 148315 | 1,260 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 10, 2011 in Art (Artists) , Art (Painting)

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The paper relates that it was the Mona Lisa that has elevated Leonardo to his current status, and has established him as one of the greatest artists of all time. The paper outlines the background of Leonardo da Vinci and offers a short overview of its creation at the beginning of the sixteenth century. The paper looks at the controversies related to this painting's creation, and also discusses how the contemporary response was not particularly favorable to the painting. Finally, the paper details the portrait and how da Vinci creates mystery and a sense of distance between the model in the painting and its audience.

From the Paper:

"As with any other masterpiece, the Mona Lisa has sparked many controversies related either to its creation or its tumultuous history over the ages. One of the most interesting debated began after Leonardo's death when it was believed that the painting had been cut down by having part of the wood panel at both sides removed. It has been speculated that early copies contain columns on the laterals of the central figure that no longer exist. In fact, there have been speculations that Leonardo created more than one version of the Mona Lisa as several art collectors over the world - particularly in France and the United Kingdom - have claimed to own an original Leonardo masterpiece. The controversies around her smile and eyes have generated almost as much research and debate as the painting itself. Anyone who has seen Leonardo's Mona Lisa had the illusion that the Gioconda was staring at them irrespective of their angle."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Annand Taylor, Rachel. Leonardo the Florentine: A Study in Personality. Richards Press, 1927.
  • Boas, George. "The Mona Lisa in the History of Taste." Journal of the History of Ideas 1.2 (1940): 207-224.
  • McCurdy, Edward. The Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci. Dodd, Mead, 1928.
  • Hegarty, Melinda. "Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Renaissance in Florence." Renaissance Quarterly 59 (2006): 23-37.

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