Leonardo Da Vinci's Masterpiece
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Oil on poplar
77 cm × 53 cm
The painting that personified Louvre Museum -- and probably the most recognizable painting in the world. Leonardo's Mona Lisa. Zoomed in to this shot amid the levels of glass used to protect it from accidental flash photography and focusing beams from cameras. Louvre Museum probably has gotten too tired of telling people not to use their cameras -- so what they did, was place layers of glass with various filters to protect the painting. Everyone can take photos now, though flash photography and tripods are still forbidden in the area as other paintings are not covered by the glass used to protect the Mona Lisa.
It took DaVinci about four years to complete this. It was bought and passed on to French Royalty, and once it was placed on the bedroom of Napoleon. In the DaVinci code, that fictional movie based on a novel by Dan Brown, beside this painting was a clue written by the murdered curator -- "So Dark the Con of Man". In the movie, Robert Langdon(played by Tom Hanks) described the Mona Lisa painting -- it was only at that time that I was aware that the horizon is a bit uneven. Though that movie is purely fictional in the way it connects and speculates historical facts -- a lot of the historical items it discussed was factual.
There have been many replicas around the world. With this image, you are looking at the snapshot of the original one.
Gallery of Italian Paintings
Denon Wing, 1st Floor