Monalisa by far is the most mysterious and marvellous artwork ever seen by human eyes. It’s the work of one of the most famous and legendary artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. I have included the most informative and surprising points in this blog which everyone should know who has heard about Monalisa.
WHO WAS MONA LISA?
Lisa Gherardini, born on 15 June 1479 was the wife of a rich silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo.
In Italy, the Mona Lisa is known as La Gioconda which means “The Lighthearted Woman”.
She was a mother of five children and lived a comfortable and ordinary middle-class life.
Researchers say that Gherardini spent the last years of her life at the convent, looked after by her two daughters who were nuns and was buried there when she died on 15 July 1542, aged 63.
Mona Lisa is the title, not the name of the female seen in the portrait.
Mona Lisa simply means “Madam Lisa”.
WHEN WAS IT PAINTED?
It was painted sometime between 1503 and 1506 when Leonardo was living in Florence, he worked on it as late as 1517. Mona Lisa was 24 at that time.
SECRET and SPECIALITY OF MONALISA
The mysterious smile of Monalisa, secret symbols embedded in her eyes and her unproven identity have made the painting a source of ongoing investigation and fascination. Leonardo da Vinci used golden ratio to make this portrait.
WHEN WAS IT STOLEN?
In 1911, the painting was stolen from the museum by a patriotic Italian painter who believed that it belongs to Italy and it is the property of Italians.
After a two-year police investigation, the painting was found under the thief’s bed in an apartment in Italy. The Mona Lisa travelled back but kept in a temporary exhibition space until the completion of Louvre museum in 2003, costing around seven million dollars.
WHERE IT IS NOW?
Louvre Museum asked several architects to put forward their ideas for a new gallery to be built for displaying and protecting extraordinary works of artists, now Mona Lisa hangs in the Louvre museum in Paris behind the bulletproof glass.
Louvre estimates an average of over 6 million visitors per year globally. Here are some images of this beautiful museum.
PRICE OF MONA LISA?
Now, It does not have a price. It is classed as “Priceless painting”.
Guinness World Records lists the Mona Lisa as having the highest insurance value for a painting in history. On permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962.
MATERIALS USED AND FRAME
Oil painting on a poplar wood panel. The poplar panel was damaged by time and it was stabilized in 1951, an oak frame and in 1970 with four vertical braces was added.
Scientists and researchers found that da Vinci used nearly 30 paint coats, leaving its thickness about half of the thickness of hair.
The dimension of the portrait is 77 cm x 53 cm.