The Mona Lisa painting is one of the most mysterious works of art that ever existed. This enigmatic portrait was painted in the 16th century by Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa is also known as La Gioconda, as it is believed to represent Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco de Giocondo. It is perhaps the most famous painting in the world. See more
Monna is the abbreviation for Madonna (lady) in Italian. King Francis I of France acquired it in the 16th century. And since then it has been in France; it is exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Although the official title according to the Louvre Museum is : Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The identity of the woman painted by Leonardo da Vinci (if she was a woman) is not known with certainty. Several theories have been put forward, but none of them are completely certain, one hypothesis tells us that the woman was the wife of a Florentine merchant. Was she Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo?...
The expression on her face and the smile on the Mona Lisa's face have made a lot of people talk about her, giving rise to ideas that she keeps hidden, messages that Da Vinci encrypted, being esoteric and said to be from a freemason. The enigmatic smile seems to be an optical illusion, because the effect obtained is that the smile disappears when you look at it directly and straight ahead, and reappears when your eyes are fixed on other parts of the image. It is curious that you don't know, and can't tell, whether the Mona Lisa has a hard and bitter look in her eyes, or whether she is smiling. It is said that her hands, one on top of the other on her belly, may suggest that the woman was pregnant. The eyes seem to be keeping a secret ...
Research on her eyes has found numbers and initials: the right eye reads "LV" and the left eye "CE" apparently although there is some doubt that the E is a B or an S. In the background landscape, where the bridge is located, it reads: 72. The message of these secret codes has not been revealed, although some believe that the previous number refers to events related to the background bridge in the painting .
More than five hundred years after it was painted, the Mona Lisa still makes us wonder if Da Vinci did not include messages in the work that we do not know about. The Mona Lisa has inspired many films and books, including Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" which mixes reality and fiction, taking conspiracy theories to a level of suspense that has also touched the subject of the illuminati. The mystery will continue...
About Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452. He was the son of a notary and a peasant woman who never married.
In 1466, he began working in the workshop of a sculptor named Andrea del Verrocchio. It was here that he began to paint, sculpt and draw.
Leonardo da Vinci became a painter, sculptor, engineer, inventor, musician, writer and architect, and was considered a great genius. He was always very interested in anatomical studies of the human body and could draw human organs in great detail. See more
He was accepted into the painters' guild in Florence in 1472 and opened his own painting and sculpture studio. His fame began to grow and he was commissioned to produce many different and very important works.
Throughout his life, he was in the service of several dukes who commissioned sculptures and paintings from him, but what really interested him was inventing new vehicles, weapons and objects.
All the works of Leonardo da Vinci are known, but the most famous are: the painting of "The Last Supper", which he painted on a fresco in the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan; "La Gioconda", better known as "La Monna Lisa"; and "Vitruvian Man", a famous drawing of a man with four arms and four legs, in which he attempted to study the human body.
He also made many sculptures, but none of them have survived to the present day.
Although he was always creating and building new works, the struggles that took place during his life, as well as the struggles and rebellions that took place after his death, are responsible for the fact that many of his creations were destroyed, burnt or lost, including his remains that were thrown away in an unknown place after a war.
He died on 2 May 1519 in France.