Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo: Mona Lisa?

There is a mystery about the "Mona Lisa" painting, nobody knows who the enigmatic woman is, and why she holds that subtle half-smile.
The mystery of who the woman in the painting is still remains.
Many experts believe she's Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, the wife of a prominent merchant from Florence. Da Vinci is believed to have started the painting in 1503, and worked on it with Lisa Gherardini for four years.

But is she really the Mona Lisa? Is there proof that Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo is the woman in the famous painting?

asked by Delicious in History | 4531 views | 07-17-2010 at 09:36 PM

The history of the Mona Lisa is shrouded in mystery. Among the aspects which remain unclear are the exact identity of the sitter, who commissioned the portrait, how long Leonardo worked on the painting, how long he kept it, and how it came to be in the French royal collection.

Tradition holds that the "Mona Lisa" is a painting of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo, and that da Vinci started painting it in 1503. Giorgio Vasari, a 16th-century painter and biographer of da Vinci and other artists, wrote that the perfectionist da Vinci worked on it for many years.

One among many theories is that Francesco Del Giocondo commissioned Leonardo for the painting to mark his wife's second pregnancy when she was about 24.

However, that can't be confirmed and till date no one has succeeded in deciphering the real identity of the woman or the meaning behind her slight mysterious smile.

answered by Coby | 07-17-2010 at 09:41 PM

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