What makes Leonardo's Mona Lisa So Special


Mona Lisa—the world famous woman portrait from the Italian Renaissance

For those who don't know the real name of Mona Lisa—Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florence's Merchant 'Francesco del Giocondo is the actual identity of mona lisa

It is one of the most famous & expensive art piece all over the world. But do you know what makes the Vinci's Mona Lisa so famous

Here are some factors contributing to the popularity of the painting

The Sfumato Technique

Leonardo used Sfumato technique ( without line & edge)  to color the Mona Lisa that makes the painting so realistic & gives smooth glide to the viewers eye

Unfinished Painting

It is believed that it took more than 10 years to make this masterpiece but, still it is unfinished. Despite incompletion, the painting shows the exellent artistic skill the artist had

The Painting Theft

It is the another reason that makes the painting so special. The painting was stolen on August 22, 1911 when it was kept in the world's most visited museum 'Louvre'

It is believed that the theft of the painting belonged to the great painter Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire

 Her Mysterious Smile

Through perspective, optical illusion & shadow work, Da Vinci created Mona Lisa's mysterious smile which always remained in talk

 Marcel Duchamp's postcard

Some scholars argue that the playful distortion of a postcard reproduction in 1919 by Marcel Duchamp brought the painting back to the attention and made it one of the world's most famous painting

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