Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

La Giaconda Mona Lisa

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Abstract

Painted on a thin backing of poplar wood, the modeling of the face is astonishingly realistic. After preparing the wooden panel with several layers of coating, he first of all drew his motif directly onto the picture, before painting it in oil, adding very weak turpentine, which enabled him to paint on inumerable layers of transparent colour, known as glaze, and to endlessly remodel the face. The glaze, skilfully worked, heightens the effects of light and shade on the face, constituting what Leonardo himself called "sfumato". This technique enables the perfect imitation of flesh, due to refined treatment of the human figure plunged into half-obscurity or chiaroscurro, and enabled Leonardo to satisfy his preoccupation with realism.

Keywords

Madrid, Spain, Italy (Milan or Rome), Style: Renaissance, School: High Renaissance, Movement: High Renaissance, Italian, Painting, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Renaissance; School: High Renaissance; Movement: High Renaissance; Italian; Painting

Subject: geographic

Madrid, Spain; Italy (Milan or Rome)

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-LIF0426

La Giaconda Mona Lisa

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