Mona Lisa, also called Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, Italian La Gioconda, or French La Joconde, oil painting on a poplar wood panel by Leonardo da Vinci, probably the worlds most famous painting.
What is the Mona Lisa called?
La Gioconda Based on the mid-sixteenth century biography of Leonardo da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari, many historians believe the painting is a portrait of Madam Lisa Giocondo, wife of a wealthy Florentine. It is from Vasari that the painting received the name Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconda in Italian or La Joconde in French.
What does the Mona Lisa painting stand for?
It is a visual representation of the idea of happiness suggested by the word gioconda in Italian. Leonardo made this notion of happiness the central motif of the portrait: it is this notion that makes the work such an ideal. The nature of the landscape also plays a role.
Why do the French call the Mona Lisa La Joconde?
This is the most famous portrait in the world. It shows Lisa Gherardini, wife of the Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo – hence her Italian name La Gioconda and her French name La Joconde.
Is the Mona Lisa a finished painting?
Da Vinci began the Mona Lisa in 1503 but never finished it. Vezzosi says the paralysis would explain da Vincis inactivity for the last five years of his life - several of his paintings were left in an incomplete state.
Why is Mona Lisa smiling?
Mona Lisa, up close. Past studies have focused on her eyes too. The asymmetric smile, also known as a non-Duchenne smile, reflects a non-genuine emotion and is thought to occur when the subject lies, note the authors, who suggest the idea da Vinci may have specifically asked Lisa for a crooked smile.