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1 Mona Lisa: Yearbook Mid-term Be prepared to shine!

2 Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 and passed away onMay 2, He was a true Italian Renaissance Man, or a person whose talent spans a significant number of different areas. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, map maker, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, characterizes the Renaissance ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the model of the perfect man with an "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. Italian Renaissance

3 Among the works created by Leonardo in the 16th century is the small portrait known as the Mona Lisa or "la Gioconda", the laughing one. It is perhaps the most famous painting in the world. Its fame rests, in particular, on the mysterious smile on the woman's face, its secretive quality brought about perhaps by the fact that the artist has subtly shadowed the corners of the mouth and eyes so that the exact nature of the smile cannot be determined. It has been said that "the smile was so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human; and those who saw it were amazed to find that it was as alive as the original". Mona Lisa

4 What makes Mona Lisa Mona Lisa? Her eyes. Her smile. Her hands.

5 Temporary nature of physical beauty: Mona Lisa

6 You are to create three different re-makes of Mona Lisa using different themes. Suggestions follow: Evils of racism Facing darkness Facing reality Fading beauty Faith versus doubt Family – blessing or curse Fate and free will Fear of failure Female roles Fulfillment Good versus bad Greed as downfall Growing up – pain or pleasure Hazards of passing judgment Heartbreak of betrayal Heroism – real and perceived Hierarchy in nature Identity crisis Illusion of power Immortality Individual versus society Inner versus outer strength Injustice Isolation Isolationism – hazards Knowledge versus ignorance Loneliness as destructive force beauty Losing hope Loss of innocence Lost honor Lost love Love and sacrifice Man against nature Manipulation Materialism as downfall Motherhood Names – power and significance Nationalism – complications Nature as beauty Necessity of work Oppression of women Optimism – power or folly Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice Patriotism – positive side or complications Power and corruption Power of silence Power of tradition Power of wealth Power of words Pride and downfall Progress – real or illusion Quest for discovery Quest for power Rebirth Reunion Role of men Role of women Self – inner and outer Self-awareness Self-preservation Self-reliance Social mobility Technology in society – good or bad Temporary nature of physical beauty Temptation and destruction Totalitarianism Vanity as downfall Vulnerability of the meek Vulnerability of the strong Will to survive Wisdom of experience Working class struggles Youth and

7 Man against nature

8 Good versus bad

9 Social mobility

10 Other examples

11 Mona Lisa: Illusion of Beauty

12 Use this image to begin your work. Copy and paste into Adobe Elements. Have fun and make something unique yet school appropriate.


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