‘The Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues – you can tell by the way she smiles’ (Bob Dylan)
Ah, The Mona Lisa. La Gioconda. Leonardo Da Vinci. Lisa Gherardini.
There is a fascinating post to be composed concerning the artistic, cultural and historical significance of the most famous painting in the story of art.
A painting of enormous influence which has beguiled artists, scholars and the public for more than 500 years.
Such a work would have to pay proper attention to; the signifance of the Renaissance in Florence, the relationship between secular and sacred art, the role of patronage in an artist’s life and the thorny subject of the role of the male gaze in the representation of women throughout the ages.
I wish the author of such a study well.
For my part, although I have an abiding interest in art history I must confess that…
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