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#561324 - 11/03/09 03:45 AM Mona Lisa Was Who?
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Camille, or anyone who may know, there has been so speculation over the years since the Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo DaVinci. Do you know who the model was? I heard many thoughts on this and even one that stated Leonardo himself was his own model. Does anyone know for sure who the model was?
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#561399 - 11/03/09 01:17 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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I think that mystique of not knowing who the model was is what makes this artwork so famous besides her mischievous smile.

I've also heard that Leonardo DaVinci had painted himself. If I had to take an educated guess, that would be the explanation for the mischievous smile.

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#561431 - 11/03/09 03:56 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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There is much speculation in regards to Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa."

Wikipedia Encyclopedia states:

"Mona Lisa is named for Lisa del Giocondo,a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo."
"The painting was commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea."

Even though it would be humorous to think Leonardo painted his own face into the painting, I think it is a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo.
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#561447 - 11/03/09 04:14 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Art Appreciation]
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I have heard that about Lisa del Giocondo also. I tend to agree with DragonCharmer that the mystique is what helped to make the painting so famous. Her smile does seem to be mischievious.
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#561597 - 11/03/09 10:41 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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Has anyone here in the Forum actually seen the "Mona Lisa" in person?

I would love to hear about your experience.


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#561617 - 11/04/09 01:56 AM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Art Appreciation]
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Haven't seen it up close and in person but if memory serves me correctly (another little tid bit) it was missing for years during the war.

I myself would like to see her. That would be wonderful.
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#561995 - 11/05/09 12:47 AM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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Didn't Napoleon keep the "Mona Lisa" in his bedroom?

Interesting!
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#562361 - 11/05/09 08:44 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Art Appreciation]
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That is very interesting and I would love to know if that was fact or just a spun tale.
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#562415 - 11/06/09 03:40 AM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Maureen-Twisted artist]
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I believe my son has seen the Mona Lisa in person. I will check with him and get back to you.

I never heard about Napolean keeping the painting in his bedroom. That would make a great article, Camille.
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#562440 - 11/06/09 12:50 PM Re: Mona Lisa Was Who? [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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I have seen the 'Mona Lisa' in the Louvre (Paris) & plan to visit again this coming Spring. Only having limited time to try and encapsulate as much of the Louvre as possible, had about 5 minutes to view & snap pictures. I was taken by the size of the painting... I had imagined that it was much larger than the 30" x 20" presented on the large blank wall (made it seem even smaller). Coupled with the barriers keeping anyone from getting too close. It was the first stop upon entering the Louvre when it opened, so there was much more to see - 'Winged Victory', 'Venus De Milo', etc. Was a remarkable feeling to be that close to something that famous.
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