Mona Lisa And the Renaissance Leonardo da Vinci was an artist during the time period known as the Renaissance. “Renaissance” is the French word for “rebirth”. This was a period of great change in Art as well as science, philosophy, and other forms of art such as music, dance, architecture, and literature. The Renaissance occurred roughly between the 14th and 17th century throughout Europe. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503-1506. It is one of the most famous, and most recognized, paintings in the world. Why is this painting so popular? 'Mona Lisa‘ or GIOCONDA • Da Vinci's most well-known painting, and arguably the most famous painting in the world, the "Mona Lisa," was a privately commissioned work and was completed sometime between 1505 and 1507. It is the inherent spirituality of the human creature that Leonardo was able to transfer to the picture that raises the human figure to some kind of majesty. Based on accounts from an early biographer, the "Mona Lisa" is a picture of Lisa Gioconda, the real-life wife of a merchant, but that's far from certain. For da Vinci, the "Mona Lisa" was forever a work in progress, as it was his attempt at perfection. The painting was never delivered to its commissioner; da Vinci kept it with him until the end of his life. Today, the "Mona Lisa" hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, secured behind bulletproof glass, and is regarded as a priceless national treasure. Many well-known artists have copied the Mona Lisa, or have incorporated it into their own artwork. Marcel Duchamp Questions: • Did you draw a human face using correct proportions and measures? • Did you develop an individual approach of expression in the portrait? • Did you use distortion or different techniques to create a meaning? • Did you evaluate your art work? Salvador Dali Botero Andy Warhol The Mona Lisa has been turned into any imaginable object. Many advertisements in today’s culture use the Mona Lisa. There have also been many artistic “take-offs” of the Mona Lisa. Your goal is to give the Mona Lisa a “rebirth” by painting it like the original, but changing the head and hands to something different. We will be having our own “Renaissance” in class by changing the most popular painting in history into something that interests us as individuals. Now make your own Mona Lisa! • Change surroundings Give Mona a new look new fashion for 21st century.