With his Mona Lisa Earth Series, Naoto Nakagawa puts Leonardo’s mysteriously grinning subject through a ringer of styles and technical treatments in ambitious, complex images.
Analysis of a drawing long attributed to Leonardo’s studio suggests the artist worked on at least part of it, and that it may have been a preparatory sketch for the Mona Lisa.
Ninety-seven percent of the participants in a study by researchers at the University of Freiburg said that the sitter in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait looks happy.
And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!
It seems the Mona Lisa will never fail to inspire research and lead to discoveries that, though questionable, will never fail to grab headlines and cause every Leonardo expert in the world to weigh in on the matter and inevitably butt heads with each other.
One week after terrorists killed 129 people in Paris, the French capital remains quiet, including its museums.
SINGAPORE — This is a tale of two Leonardos — or rather one possible Leonardo and one definite da Vinci.
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When Brazilian artist Sōnia Menna Barreto was a teenager in São Paulo, her mother used to stay up all night long playing cards with her friends. That memory sunk into Barreto’s consciousness, surfacing in a surreal series of trompe l’oeil paintings the artist has been creating over the last few years.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has been long studied and celebrated for its virtuosic composition and sfumato technique, its mysterious background and sitter, but two experimental psychologists in Germany are suggesting that the iconic painting may have another claim to fame: being the first 3D image in history.
Professional art history charlatan Silvano Vinceti has narrowed down his quest for the Mona Lisa’s definitely real body to one of three skeletons exhumed from Florence’s Santissima Annunziata basilica, all of which are currently being tested at the University of Bologna, the Guardian reports. The journalistic seriousness accorded to Vinceti’s antics suggests that the public hunger for arcane relics connected to famous artists is far from dying out. After all, dubious claims about the Mona Lisa, in all their sensational absence of verisimilitude, are something of the art world’s Shark Week.
What do art mavens and NASA nerds have in common? Maybe not much. But late last month, the two were artfully brought together when the Mona Lisa was projected into outer space on laser pulses.