Parisian sojourn - 4

Mona Lisa or La Giaconda (Italian) or La Jaconde (French) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil by famous Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci. Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman, whose enticing gaze meets the viewers.

The faint smile of Mona Lisa mirrors the painter’s idea of cosmic link, bridging humanity and Nature. Mona Lisa showcases the virtuosity of Leonardo da Vinci which make the viewers gaze at it for hours together oblivious of the surroundings. I am not an exception to this as Mona Lisa made me stand near her and I was exploring the belle charmante which has survived for more than 500years.

It had taken more than 10 years to paint Mona Lisa and da Vinci took the painting from Italy to France in 1516. Leonardo’s great art work was bought by French king Francois for 4,000 francs at that period and kept it at the Fontainebleau, which is a commune in metropolitan Paris. It remained there till it was handed over to Louis XIV. Louis XIV then shifted it to Palais de Versailles and later on to Louvre.

Mona Lisa is believed to have decorated the bedroom of Napoleon I in Tuileries.


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Jun 22, 2011
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