The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Who is the Mona Lisa? Where did the inspiration come from? What does she represent? These are all questions people have asked about Leonardo da Vinci’s painting. Even though there is not direct answer to these questions, it is interesting how humans are so inquisitive.
When I first viewed the painting, I assumed that da Vinci had a connection to this woman. I drew this conclusion because the painting mirrors that of a portrait. The foreground only contains the image of the woman, making her the focal point. Additionally, portraits typically contain some form of simplistic background. In the Mona Lisa, the background is of a stream and mountains but the detail does not compare to that of the woman (specifically her attire), only justifying the assumption that she is in fact the focal point of the image. Another feature of the painting that leads to the speculation that it is a portrait is the posture of the woman. The crossing of her hands is a form of body language that suggests that she will be comfortable staying in that position for some time. Being convinced that the painting was indeed a portrait, I assumed that the woman had some value to da Vinci since portraits or usually that of a loved one. If this was just some random woman da Vinci fabricated in his mind, then the setting of the piece would be different in my opinion.
Currently analyst think the painting could be more than just a portrait, that it could actually be a self portrait. This certainly is a reasonable belief, since the facial features mirror those of da Vinci’s. Analysts have proposed this concept since the woman does not physically depict any specific woman in da Vinci’s life, but who says that this unknown individual couldn’t be a relative that is unknown to historians? That is what is so intriguing about the human mind. That although definitive answers are not currently there, humans use there imagination to create meaning and reason to the world’s unsolved mysteries.
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