** Portrait of Mona Lisa **
by Leonardo da Vinci



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  • For everyone who has read "DA VINCI" Code and want to examine the Mona Lisa, close up and leisurely.

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~~~ Portrait of Mona Lisa ~~~
by Leonardo da Vinci

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About this Artwork

++++ This artwork is reproduction of the original Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

++++ This painting is a canvas medium. It does not require glass like paper lithographs. Canvas is a medium that has duration and longevity without deterioration and it does not decompose.

++++ The canvas has a special UV coating for protection. It will not fade or lose color even with direct lighting. Literally a million different inks are used with varying shades to make this Artwork an exact replica.


++++Framed in a Light Walnut Museum Quality Frame

++++ The Mona Lisa looks directly at you no matter where you are in the room, you can walk to extreme sides of the room at yet the apparency is that she is looking directly at you.

About the original Mona Lisa
X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one. ~~ CBS news

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between the years 1503-1506. Today, it is the top attraction of visitors to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The Mona Lisa is encased in a 157-by-98 inch box of triplex glass, a gift from the Japanese on the occasion of the painting's 1974 trip to Japan--the last time it left the museum. This bulletproof box is kept at a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit and 55 percent humidity which is maintained by a built-in air conditioner and nine pounds of silica gel. Once a year, the Mona Lisa receives a check-up in which the box surrounding it is opened and the climatic conditions as well as the painting's condition are examined.

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History of the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him for years. Took it to Milan, Rome and France. Impressing other painters with his mastery of style and techniques never seen before.

Sfumato [sfoo MAH toh] is an effect used by da Vinci to create the Mona Lisa. The word "sfumato" is derived from the Italian word "sfumare", which means "to evaporate". In the Mona Lisa, da Vinci used this technique by shading tones into each other to create soft blurred outlines. Tones blend (or evaporate) into one another to eliminate sharp lines and create an atmospheric effect. (This soft blending of colors is very much a technique mastered by Thomas Kinkade)

In the 1530's the painting was acquired by Francis I, King of France for approximately $105,000. Viewing was reserved for the upper class at the Fontainebleau, a 16th century chateau.

When the Louvre opened to the public, the Mona Lisa became accessible to the masses. Many painted copies and reproductions emerged. Writers and poets wrote about her, and idealized her. By the mid-1800's she was a legend.

In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the museum. Newspapers wrote about it, printed her picture, offered rewards. She became the subject of plays, cartoons and tribute making her a household name. Luckily, the painting was recovered 27 months after it was stolen.

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