The Bookends Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa present the florentine genius painting Lisa Gherardini, best known as Mona Lisa or La Joconde.
Leonardo da Vinci, born in 1452 in Vinci, Italy, was a polymathic genius of the Italian Renaissance. He was a world-renowned painter, sculptor, inventor, scientist and intellectual. Among his most famous works, the "Mona Lisa" is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic. The "Mona Lisa" is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1503 and 1506. This work is considered an absolute masterpiece of Renaissance painting for its striking realism, its innovative use of sfumato (a blurring technique) and Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile. The painting is currently on display at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it attracts millions of visitors every year. The "Mona Lisa" has become a global cultural icon, inspiring countless artists, writers and admirers down the centuries. Her enigmatic gaze and timeless charm continue to fascinate the world, making Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpiece an icon of art and beauty that transcends borders and eras.
The theft of the Mona Lisa is one of the most famous and daring events in art history. In 1911, the painting was stolen by an Italian laborer named Vincenzo Peruggia, who had worked at the Louvre. He hid the painting under his clothes for one night before keeping it secret in his apartment for over two years. Finally, in 1913, Peruggia tried to sell the "Mona Lisa" to an Italian collector, which led to his arrest. The painting was returned to the Louvre in triumph, and this incident further enhanced the Mona Lisa's fame, making her a truly global phenomenon. Since then, the "Mona Lisa" has been displayed behind thick bullet-proof glass to ensure its safety and preservation.
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