I don't know why I feel that today I must pay my homage to Mona Lisa or Lisa del Geocondo and her creator Leonardo the genius who walked this world centuries ago .Leonardo started the painting in 1503 and finished shortly before his death.
Mona Lisa has her share of movement from the royal palace to Louvre few times.
This is portrait of a lady standing with her hands neatly folded in front in front of a landscape of winding road & a hilly terrain. Her facial expression reveals a slight smile which has been the fancy & puzzle of centuries as if she is hiding a secret. The picture suffered some damage from vandalism & aggressive cleansing.
Thousands of article has been written on this iconic portrait. Scientists still ponder the way the artist had rendered the desired effect with the mastery of the brush, As the painting could not be touched it has to be examined by hands off scientific tools.
There was a debate for a while how the shadows on her face has bee painted with seemingly with out brush strokes. with X'ray techniques scientists believe that after the initial flesh tones the maestro had applied some special glaze with very precise micro brush strokes which only Leonardo could have done.
Mona is an abbreviation of Madam or Madonna meaning my lady. Who so ever
she was her little smile and expression would be still the puzzle .
All I know that I some times to have standing in line to look at this iconic portrait and the half smile of the century.