The Mona Lisa
If someone were to ask you to name a famous painting, what would you say? I would answer the Mona Lisa, possibly the most prominent painting there is today. For my research project, I will be analyzing, retelling, and exploring the Mona Lisa. I chose this piece of artwork because I love art and am just interested in why the Mona Lisa is such a well-known painting.
The Mona Lisa was created by Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. It was started in approximately c.1503 in the town of Florence, Italy. In 1503, according to the official website of the Louvre museum, an Italian silk merchant by the name of Francesco del Giocondo came to Da ...view middle of the document...
Leonardo explained that it was created for the late Giuliano de’Medici. Stanley Feldman, an art historian quotes, “It starts to become apparent that there were two separate commissions, one for Francesco del Giocondo and another one for Giuliano de’Medici.” Another clue is that when Italian artist Raphael visited Da Vinci, he described a picture of what appears to be the Mona Lisa in c.1504. The difference is that in Raphael’s sketch, there were columns in the back, but in the Mona Lisa presented at the Louvre, there was none.
In c.1913, art historian and collector Hugh Blaker discovered the original Mona Lisa in the home of an English noble who stated that his family was in possession of painting for almost 150 years. It was still unfinished. Excited about his finding, Blaker bought the painting and brought it back to Italy. Still, it could not be displayed just yet because shortly after, World War I broke out. Worried for the safety of the painting, Blaker sent the painting to the U.S where it was displayed in the Boston Museum of Art. Following the war, the original Mona Lisa was brought back to Italy. Technology today confirms that the painting Hugh Blaker found is undeniably the original Mona Lisa. In fact, historians think Leonardo da Vinci used age progression between the two paintings considering the original that was made in c.1503 looked quite younger than the one hung at the Louvre. However, they still carry similar features. Joe Mullins, a forensic imaging specialist exclaims, “if you were to show a thousand people the original Mona Lisa, a thousand people are going to say, ‘that’s Mona Lisa’.”
Throughout the years, the Mona Lisa has experienced many ‘personal attacks’. One well-known incident was when the painting was stolen in c.1911. Due to poor management, a former Italian Lourve worker, stole the painting of its wall and walked out unnoticed. When a man by the name of Louis Beroud finally noticed, it was too late. The news spread worldwide, bringing surprise and devastation. Then, in c.1913, when all hope was lost, an antique dealer, Alfredo Geri, got a tip that a man named Leonardo Vincenzo claimed that he was in ownership...