The Mona Lisa & Leonardo da Vinci

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The Mona Lisa&Leonardo Da Vinci : 

The Mona Lisa&Leonardo Da Vinci

Mona Lisa Who? : 

Mona Lisa Who? 78 cm 53 cm If you would like to take a more in depth look at the Mona Lisa, click here.

The Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci : 

The Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci Who: Leonardo Da Vinci Born: April 15th, 1452 in Anchiano, Italy Died: May 2nd, 1519 in Clos Luce, France Artworks Include: The Mona Lisa, Ginevra de’ Benci, Lady with an Ermine and The Last Supper If you feel that you would like to learn more about Leonardo Da Vinci, click here to go to the online resource Universal Leonardo and use the timeline to explore his life.

Ginevra de’ Benci : 

Ginevra de’ Benci As with many of Da Vinci’s paintings, Ginevra de’ Benci includes a clue to the sitter’s identity. The figure sits in front of a juniper bush, and juniper is ginepro in Italian. Ginevra de Benci Leonardo Da Vinci 1475 BACK

Lady with an Ermine : 

Lady with an Ermine Lady with an Ermine is thought to show Cecilia Gallerani. Many critics believe that this lady was also the model for the angel in the second Virgin of the Rocks. The ermine the sitter holds represents purity and is a clue to sitters identity. The Greek word for ermine is galle. Lady with an Ermine Leonardo Da Vinci 1488-1490 BACK

The Last Supper : 

The Last Supper The Last Supper is a fresco which was painted in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In the work Da Vinci captures several moments at once. Within the same scene we see the shock on the faces of the apostles even as Jesus is announcing his coming betrayal. Some critics have suggested that the figure sitting as Jesus’ right hand is not a man at all, but is actually Mary Magdalene. Do you think this figure is a woman or a man, why or why not? The Last Supper Leonardo Da Vinci 1495-1498 BACK

Revolutionising Painting : 

Revolutionising Painting Key terms Sfumato: The building up of many layers of paint to create depth Pyramidal Composition: The composition of the sitter is shaped like a pyramid, with the sitter’s hands acting as the base

Extra, Extra. Read all about it! : 

Extra, Extra. Read all about it! Mona Lisa stolen by mad man! Mona Lisa stolen by crazed art fan! Mona Lisa stolen by man in love with her! Mona Lisa stolen by jealous Picasso! France weeps at the loss of an icon.

Mona Lisa in Music : 

Mona Lisa in Music The Mona Lisa has been included in many songs as a symbol of beauty and mystery. Click on the images below to listen to snippets of some of these songs. Each clip is about a minute long, let them play through, take note of the themes and then click on another song. Do you recognise them? Perhaps you can think of other songs that mention the Mona Lisa. The Ballad of Mona Lisa Performed by Panic! At the disco 2011 Mona Lisa Performed by Nat King Cole 1950 Mona Lisa Performed by Britney Spears 2004 BACK

Mona Lisa Four TimesAndy Warhol : 

Mona Lisa Four TimesAndy Warhol Andy Warhol, the leading pioneer of Pop Art, took a modern view of the Mona Lisa. He neither viewed it as a masterpiece, or an icon. Instead, it was simply another image which has been, and could continue to be, endlessly multiplied by technology. Mona Lisa Four Times Andy Warhol c. 1963 BACK

Advertising, Magazines and Books : 

Advertising, Magazines and Books The Mona Lisa has been adopted by countless companies and associations to help sell their products, yet she still remains the defining masterpiece in the history of art. Here are just a few examples of the Mona Lisa is advertising. Perhaps you can think of some more. BACK

Self-Portrait as Mona LisaSalvador Dali : 

Self-Portrait as Mona LisaSalvador Dali In his Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa, Dali parodied not only the painting itself, but also its most famous disfigurement, Marcel Duchamp’s, L.H.O.O.Q. of 1919. Dali replaced Duchamp’s understated additions by collaging his trade mark moustache, his own hands and an avalanche of coins to the work. Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa Salvador Dali 1954 BACK

L.H.O.O.Q.Marcel Duchamp : 

L.H.O.O.Q.Marcel Duchamp L.H.O.O.Q. Marcel Duchamp 1919 BACK

Quiz : 

Quiz Question 1 Who painted the Mona Lisa and when? a) Michael Angelo in 1754 b) Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503 c) Eugene Delacroix in 1855

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Question 2 Who stole the Mona Lisa in 1911? a) Leonardo Da Vinci b) The owner of the Louvre c) Vincenzo Peruggia

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Question 3) Who was Lisa Gherardini? a) The woman the painting was based on b) Leonardo Da Vinci’s wife c) The person who stole the painting

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Question 4 What made the Mona Lisa such a revolutionary painting? a) The gaze of the Mona Lisa b) The pyramidal composition of the painting c) The way in which the sitter is presented, true to life d) Da Vinci’s painting techniques, such as Sfumato e) All of the above

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You’ve completed the quiz! : 

You’ve completed the quiz! Good job, now that you know more about the Mona Lisa, would you like to see if YOU can get the Mona Lisa to smile? Click here and have go at the online game. Just click the play button, read the instructions and see how you go! When you close the internet browser you will be brought back to this page. References for the artworks and music within this presentation can be found here.

References : 

References Coles, N. (1950). Mona Lisa [Single]. USA: Paramount Music Corporation. Dali, S. (1954). Self-Portrait as Mona Lisa [Photographic Print]. Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Spain. Da Vinci, L. (1475) Ginevra de Benci [Oil on wood]. National Gallery of Washingon, USA. Da Vinci, L. (1488-1490) Lady with an Ermine [Oil on walnut]. Czartoryski Museum, Krakow, Poland. Da Vinci, L. (1495-1498) The Last Supper [Fresco]. Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. Da Vinci, L. (1503). Mona lisa [Oil on wood]. Louvre, Paris, France. Duchamp, M. (1919). L.H.O.O.Q. [Painting on Postcard]. Private Collection. Panic! At The Disco. (2011). The Ballad of Mona Lisa. On Vices & Virtues [CD]. Newyork, NY: Warner Music Company. Spears, B. (2004). Mona Lisa. On The Original Doll [CD]. USA: Jive Records. Warhol, A. (1963). Mona Lisa Four Times [Silk screen]. Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Newyork, USA.

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