Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
Portrait of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
The beginning of Da Vinci's work to paint the beautiful painting Mona Lisa, this portrait full of mystery dates back to 1503. This painting with dimensions of 77x53 cm is one of Da Vinci's most famous works. The version he prepared was bigger than what is remembered today because two columns have been cut from the left and right sides of this tableau. For this reason, it is not at all clear that Mona Lisa is sitting in this painting.

It should also be noted that many parts of this painting have been damaged or repainted over time. However, the main character of the painting is still preserved. For example, the background that shows a foggy atmosphere - which is called sfumato technique - is completely exposed and makes her beautiful, magical and beguiling smile stand out that a person named Francesco di Bartolommeo (Francesco di Bartolommeo) from the aristocratic city of Florence asked Da Vinci to paint a portrait of his third wife, Lisa di Antonio Maria (Lisa di Antonio Maria). Da Vinci worked on this work of art for nearly four years. And after finishing the painting in 1507, he did not sell this beautiful painting to Francisco, he left Florence and kept it with himself.

Some believe that since Leonardo did not finish the painting, he did not sell it to Francisco, and many others believe that Leonardo loved this painting.

Da Vinci entered France in 1516 when he had the Mona Lisa painting in his luggage and sold it to the then king of France, Francis I. After that, over time, this beautiful work moved to different French cities until after the French Revolution, Mona Lisa chose the Louvre Museum as her home.

Napoleon unfairly removes it from the museum and takes it to his private bedroom, and after Napoleon's exile, this beautiful work is returned to Lor.

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen by an Italian thief and brought to Italy. After two years, this painting can be seen in its hometown, Florence, and after some administrative and legal processes, the painting will be returned to Lor.

In 1956, someone sprayed acid on the lower part of the panel, which took years to restore. In the 60s and 70s, the cities of New York, Tokyo and Moscow hosted this beautiful painting.

What has happened to this work of art throughout history has prompted the authorities of the Lore Museum to keep this valuable painting behind bulletproof glass under strict security measures and not to allow it to leave the museum for display in any country. .

April 16, 2022