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A Critique Of The Mona Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman that was painted by the famous artist Leonardo Da Vinci. This portrait was painted in oil on white Lombardy Panel Paper. It is an oil painting that utilizes the technique of sfumato. The painting technique sfumato overlays translucent layers of colors. This is used to create a blending of colors so there are no clear transitions seen. The materials used in sfumato are oil paints and a Lombardy Panel Paper. Sfumato is used to create a painting that appears to have no lines. The subject of this painting is said to be a women named Lisa del Giocondo. Meanwhile, many other artists and historians have suggested that the subject of the painting ...view middle of the document...

Value is also seen throughout the work. Along the woman’s body there are many shadows which are shown through different tints and shades of a color. Plus, color is viewed through the portrait. The woman is multiples shades of tan and brown while the background is predominantly green and blue. Shape is used by the work having geometric boundaries.
In addition, the work uses multiple principles of design. First, balance is used throughout the work of art. Asymmetrical balance is used since the woman portrayed puts more weight on one side of the painting, but balance is still felt. Contrast is also seen in this portrait. The woman is the Mona Lisa is painted using darker colors on her clothing but her skin glows in a littler color. This creates visual interest in the painting. Plus, emphasis is used throughout the painting to create a focal point at the woman being portrayed. This is done through the use of dull colors in the background. Rhythm is seen throughout this art work. For...

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