The Mystery with Mona Lisa

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What is it about an infamous painting by an Italian artist that has eluded generations?

One of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings: the Mona Lisa, is a very mysterious piece of art because of the smile of the woman in the painting. The painting is a portrait of an Italian woman called Lisa Gherardini, which was done in the early part of the 16th century. It is thought that the painting was contracted by Gherardini’s husband to mark an important event; when she was only a teenager, Lisa had wed a 30-year-old slave trader called Francesco del Giocondo, whose business involved bringing in slaves from Africa.

The mystery in the portrait is associated with the smile of the woman and what type of sentiment that smile portrays: sadness, happiness or something else, but an examination recently has pointed towards that emotion being one of happiness. And yet, even then the wonder with the smile in the painting, in my outlook, doesn’t really seem to stop because even though the subject of the painting might be concluded as being happy, her smile still continues to appear either unrelaxed or resolute; perhaps, what is required is a deeper understanding of Lisa’s sentiments surrounding the portrait before the mystery with her smile can truly cease to exist.

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Hell In Paintings

Gustave Doré - Dante Alighieri - Inferno - Plate 22 (Canto VII - Hoarders and Wasters)

When art and theology collide, the results are portraits that express truths about mysterious topics

With the help of art, I have always found that it gets simpler to visualize an idea: hell, which is depicted as a place of immense suffering in paintings, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights by Heironymous Bosch and The Abyss of Hell by Sandro Botticelli, can be understood to be a place where a person pays for all the wrong acts that they committed in their lifetime; that particular train of thought holds very well with Dante’s Inferno (it is a really old poetry by an Italian poet called Dante Alighieri), in which several important figures, such as Cleopatra, Fra Alberigo and Jason are shockingly described to be in Hell too. What’s the most remarkable aspect of the study is that the paintings seem very realistic and that is probably the most important quality they possess, which makes art really aid with the gaining of a deeper understanding of this mysterious existence of Hell.

…just set the table!

...just set the table!

 

 

Modigliani at Tate Modern

The art exhibition on Modigliani runs at Tate Modern until April 02 2018

Amedeo Clementine Modigliani is a lot more than a tragic artist, who painted portraits that were evocative enough to reveal his dark life, despite the fact that they were really just portraits of people, with long faces and almond eyes, oddly reflecting his fascination with geometric ideas in art. The Italian had come to Paris in the early 1900s and as an artist he had managed to earn absolutely nothing at all; Modigliani later on also became an alcoholic and was the type of artist who slept around – in the end, he very sadly died at the young age of thirty-five because of tuberculosis. Much of the exhibition focuses on the nude paintings he had done of sex workers; some male clients had ordered these paintings from Modigliani and they are very much tailored to these men’s personal tastes – the paintings have an overtly realist nature in the portrayal of the female form. Some of the other portraits Modigliani had done had also projected that aspect of his country’s artistic legacy, which is really the most familiar: these paintings are really the standout pieces of the show in fact, because they are evocatively done in a medieval angle, with Renaissance influences.