Saturday, 2 October 2010

Up Close and Personal With "The Mona Lisa"

Alisdair spent some time this morning learning more about "The Mona Lisa." I had no idea this work (which some say is the "most celebrated painting in the history of art" or the "most famous painting ever made") was actually done on a piece of poplar wood.

This website, for the Louvre in Paris, shows "The Mona Lisa" from the rough backside. It also gives an in-depth analysis of the painting itself. Well worth a look and cheaper than a trip to France! (When using the link, click on "Eye-Openers" and then on "A Closer Look").

In 1516, when Leonardo da Vinci moved to France, he "took his most precious possessions. Among them was the portrait Mona Lisa" (Marshall, 82).


Marshall, Norman V., Leonardo Da Vinci - What Made Them Great, Englewood Cliffs: Silver Burdett Press, 1990.

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