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Leonardo da Vinci Most Famous Painting - by Joan Butterfield

Leonardo da Vinci Most Famous Painting - by Joan Butterfield

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Leonardo da Vinci created many paintings which art lovers and experts loved
Leonardo da Vinci created many paintings which art lovers and experts loved

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Most Famous Paintings
There are many great painters in history and one of the greatest isLeonardo da Vinci. He created many paintings which art lovers and expertsloved. One of his greatest creations which millions of people all overthe world from different periods loved is the Mona Lisa. This particularpainting of Da Vinci captured the hearts of people because of Mona Lisa'scaptivating smile.What's so great about the painting? Well, it took Leonardo over fouryears to finally finish the painting. After he finished working on theMona Lisa, he carried the painting anywhere he went and he did this untilhe finally died. The painting never left his side when he was still aliveand because of this, more and more people became truly interested on theMona Lisa painting. They all wondered why Da Vinci painted it and what itwas depicting.Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa in Italy in 1503. The model was LisaGhirardi, the wife of Francesco del Giacondo. According to a biographernamed Vasari, the painting was merely a commission. During the time thepainting was being made, Ghirardi was pregnant with her second baby. Someother scholars said that the father of Leonardo was a friend of Francescoand that the painting was a gift commissioned by Leonardo's father.Despite the revealed facts, people still didn't know why Leonardo daVinci valued the Mona Lisa painting very much when he was still alive.Numerous theories still surfaced but no clear answer was established.Not all people believed that the model in the painting was Lisa Ghirardi.Other theories have shown the model might be Aragon's Isabella orConstanza d'Avalos or even Milan's Duchess. However, the importance ofthe painting to Leonardo was still left unanswered. The attachment ofLeonardo to the painting was still unknown.Further theories were still formulated. According to another theory, theMona Lisa was a self portrait of Leonardo because it was similar to theself portraits of the painter. The similarity of the facial features alsopostulated that the Mona Lisa was Leonardo's mother, Caterina and notLisa Ghirardi.All throughout Da Vinci's life, he was intrigued by anything found in thesurroundings. He infused his interests to his various art works includingthat of Mona Lisa. He was very interested in topography and weather. Infact, the background of Mona Lisa shows the culmination of humanity withnature. All of Leonardo's works were important to him because it was hisway of expressing his own life. The Mona Lisa painting was small and yetit took him over four years to complete. It may also be a representationof all his interests in life, and nothing more; only Leonardo knows thereal reason of his attachment to the painting.Four years work is no joke. He put a lot of his energy and time inpainting the Mona Lisa. It became his masterpiece and it's not easy topart with something of great value. For over 500 years, people are stillwondering what had happened. All sorts of questions are still being asked-- why the painting was never bought, did Leonardo lose his commission,

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