About Leonardo Da Vinci Magnet (Triptych) – La Joconde, Portrait de Monna Lisa (c. 1503)
This Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais Leonardo Da Vinci Magnet (triptych) features the High-Renaissance master’s notorious work the La Joconde, Portrait of Lisa Gherardini (c. 1503) also known as the Mona Lisa, currently found on display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. Leonardo’s Mona Lisa is the world’s most famous portrait and one of the History of Art’s most popular works, identified by the art historian Giorgio Vasari as Lisa di Antonio Maria Gherardini, wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo. The uniqueness of Leonardo‘s Mona Lisa resides in the lack of jewelry or lavish attributes that would identify the sitter as an aristocratic woman. Although Renaissance etiquette dictated women must never look directly into a man’s eye, Leonardo masterfully empowers the sitter with a self-assuring gaze immediately directed at the viewer. The Mona Lisa is represented sitting at a logia, in front of a mysterious uninhabited landscape through which the viewer evidences Leonardo’s fascination with atmospheric perspective and his traditional use of sfumato which influenced artists for ages to come. More details on Leonardo Da Vinci Magnet (Triptych) – La Joconde, Portrait de Monna Lisa (c. 1503):
- Dimensions: 5″ x 4.8″H inches
- Weight: 0.5 lbs (est)
- Material: Magnet. (triptych)
- Artwork: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Mona Lisa, Detail. Oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm.
- Photo Rmn, H. Lewandowski / Th. Le Mage | Rmn-Grand Palais, Paris 2012
About Leonardo Da Vinci
Born in the small town of Vinci, near Florence, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) trained in the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio. The quintessential “Renaissance man,” Leonardo possessed unequaled talent and imagination. Art was but one of his innumerable interests, the scope, and depth of which were without precedent. His unquenchable curiosity is evident in the voluminous notes he interspersed with sketches in his notebooks dealing with botany, geology, geography, cartography, zoology, military engineering, animal lore, anatomy, and aspects of physical science, including hydraulics and mechanics. Leonardo stated repeatedly that his scientific investigations made him a better painter, and indeed this was the case. Leonardo’s studies in optics provided him with a deeper understanding of perspective, light, and color. As a true artist-scientist, most of his drawings are also regarded as artworks, among which is the notorious study of the human proportions, in his drawing The Vitruvian Man.