About Leonardo Da Vinci – Mona Lisa Book Box – Large
This Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa Book Box Large includes a safe box on the inside and has a secret magnetic latch to hold it firmly closed. The exteriors are wrapped in a synthetic based leather and felt-lined inside to protect your treasures. When you hold one of these books boxes in your hands, your mind is automatically transported in time to the workshops of alchemists, dusty bookshelves of old monasteries, chambers of old castles, and libraries of Victorian England. These books boxes look great on library shelves (gorgeous spines), a living room coffee table, or as a general accent anywhere in your home. This Leonardo Da Vinci Mona Lisa Enchanted Box features the timeless masterwork of the Italian High-Renaissance master’s Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, also known as the Mona Lisa (1503).
Currently located at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, 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 Mona Lisa Book Box (Large):
- Dimensions: 10.5″ X 8″ X 2.75″ inches
- Weight: 1 lbs (est)
- Material: Felt-lined interior, Synthetic leather exterior.
- Artwork: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Mona Lisa, Detail. Oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm.
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.