Need help with my writing homework on Renaissance Movement. Write a 1500 word paper answering; While discussing the great works of Leonardo, the painting which made him eternal must top the list. It is famous by the name of “Mona Lisa” or “La Gioconda” which means the laughing one. The elusive face on the portrait of the women in the picture made it the most talked about and mysterious painting of the world. The mysterious quality of the portrait is evoked deliberately by the painter by his subtle implementation of shadowing the corners of the mouth and eyes so that an ambiguity can be retained regarding the nature of the lady’s laughter. This particular painting is from the last chronological segment of painter’s career and was painted in the year 1503 to 1505 or 1507 at Louvre in Paris. The quality of shadow implemented in the painting for which it became famous came to be known as “sfumato” or Leonardo’s smoke. Vasari comment’s “the smile was so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human, and those who saw it was amazed to find that it was as alive as the original” about the picture is worth noticing.
On detailed examination, this particular masterpiece renders much information about the kind of techniques followed in the world of art during the era and at the same time, it brings into focus much information about the socio-cultural perspective of the time. The dress is a complete unadorned piece if compared to the hands and the eyes of the portrait. This is again a deliberate move of the painter to highlight the facial gesture and ambiguous expression of the women. Also, the dramatic landscape used as a background symbolizing the world in transitory phase or in a state of flux is a sign of renaissance spirit and captivates the contemporary socio-cultural movement and is a true record of time. The use of subdued color compared to the extremely smooth nature of the technique pertaining to the painting by employing oil is superb. At the same time, the oil is laid on in the fashion much like that of tempera and the brushstrokes are indistinguishable due to the blend used on the surface of the portrait itself. All these techniques evoke the true essence of the Renaissance school of paintings and bear the actual mark of time.