Women in Art ~ Day 6 ~ The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa

I have to include ”The Mona Lisa” in my Women in Art theme this week of course.  The Mona Lisa (La Gioconda or La Joconde)  has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” -John Lichfield, cited in Wikepedia.

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A few of interesting facts about Da Vinci and The Mona Lisa:

Leonardo da Vinci invented scissors.

It took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.

Did you ever notice that the woman in this most of paintings has no eyebrows? It’s true. Look closely. Women at that time were considered more beautiful if they had their eyebrows shaved.

The Mona Lisa wasn’t the only portrait of women he painted, but the one we immediately associate him with.

Image

Lady with Ermine
Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
Created: 1489–1490
Locations: Czartoryski Museum, Wawel Castle