Aerosol spray on canvas, a kleenex, 2 coffee, 1 cigarette. OST: IMPEDING DOOM "Murderer" [link]
Yes i know, not original, but i always wanted to do it so fuck your opinion
The title means " Rotten smile" and is a vision from the other side of that timeless masterpiece, like the ghost of Mona Lisa. The pic sucks, if you want to see it with a better quality and more details,check it here [link]
Leonardo da Vinci´s most famous work is "known in France as La Joconde, in Italy as La Gioconda and everywhere else as the Mona Lisa." Different suggestions have been made about the identity of the model, without any consensus. Leonardo placed metaphors in this mysterious and enigmatic painting. And, in the 19th century, the Mona Lisa gave a new definition to the term femme fatale.
The painting isn't very complex, like most of Leonardo's paintings. In the foreground, there is a woman sitting on a chair. Her right hand is placed on her left wrist and her left hand is gripping the arm of the chair on which she is sitting.
Her torso is turned towards us, though her chair is parallel to the picture. Her torso and face might be facing the viewer, but her eyes are looking at something at the viewer's right, as though the model was distracted by something. Nevertheless, there is something enticing about her facial expression.
When the viewer is admiring the Mona Lisa, the first thing that he or she usually notices is her smile, which seems strange and unfathomable. We might never fully understand the true meaning of this facial expression. Though art historians have found out how Leonardo was able to create the smile. Leonardo created it by "barely raising the corner of the mouth."
Her dress, which seems to be plain, is black and her hair falls down to her shoulders. She isn't wearing any jewelry. Though the viewer doesn't see it, she seems to be sitting on a balcony. Behind her, Leonardo has painted "a complex, strange and distant landscape." When the Mona Lisa was first painted, the viewers could see two columns, one on each side of the model. Unfortunately, these columns were cut, after Leonardo's death.
Leonardo created this painting with oil on wood. The painter uses the sfumato technique, which means smoky' or vanished in smoke' in Italian. This technique "consisted in building up layers of paint from dark to light, letting the previous one come through, thus achieving, through a play of shadows and lights, the optical illusion of relief."
The viewer can see that there is some form of veil between the viewer and the model, as if there is something that the painter doesn't want the viewer to know, doesn't want to reveal or wants the viewer to have to search for. The artist's technique is what gives this impression.
Over the several centuries since the Mona Lisa was finished in 1507, there has been theories about the true identity of the model for this painting. To be able to devise these theories, the first question is simply whether the model is a man or a woman.
If we look closely at the painting, we can see that Leonardo has used some sort of metaphor between the landscape and the human body. The rocks in the landscape represent the bones of the model, the water is the blood and the earth is the flesh. It doesn't seem peculiar that Leonardo wants to make a relation between the landscape and the body, for he was also an anatomist.
These links reveal Leonardo's own descriptions of the human body, which have been found his notebooks. He decided to use these descriptions as a metaphor.
Perhaps the artist doesn't only want to show that there is a link between nature and the human body, but he might also want to transmit a message to everyone who might observe the mysterious painting. He might wish to convey to us that the landscape is as alive as the woman in the painting and wants us to be more attentive and careful with the gifts of Mother Nature. Alternatively, he may wish to show us that nature is something beautiful, just like Lisa Gherardini is beautiful. Only the painter knows what the painting is saying.