Guide to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
What is the medium of Mona Lisa?
Hi I'm Alan Seise for About.com and today I'm going to be talking to you about the Mona Lisa.The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci, circa 1503-1505. The medium is oil on panel. It is currently part of the Musee de Louvre collection in Paris France. Although the subject is often debated the art historian Georgio Vasari has identified the subject as Lisa DeGirardo, who was around 25 when it was painted. The name Mona Lisa comes from a shortening of the Italian Madonna meaning lady and Lisa the first name of the subject. Part of the reason this work is so famous is because of the paintings provenance, after Leonardo Da Vinci painted it, he kept it in his personal collection until his death, at which point it became a part of the royal collection Francis the 1st. From the royal collection is was obtained by the Louvre. Rather than portraying her as a bust, he painted her as half length portrait to show her hands as well as her face. Rather than focusing on jewelry to display her wealth, he focuses on her fashionably high forehead. The Mona Lisa's mysterious archaic smile is based on portrayals of youth from classic antiquities. Which was meant to show life in the subject.Thank you for watching. To learn more, visit About.com