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The Differences between the two Mona Lisas

  A British art connoisseur, known primarily for his interest in Old Masters and modern French art, had stumbled on

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Leda and the Swan (after Leonardo)

The true genesis of both the Leda and the Saint Anne lies in Leonardo’s fascination with the enigma of human

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The Trinity of Saint Anne

Leonardo’s meditation on the mystery of motherhood would become the principal theme of his art in the last 10 years

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Why is the Mona Lisa called the Mona Lisa?

  As Vasari puts it: “Leonardo undertook to execute, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife.”

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Anatomical study of a woman

Leonardo would produce some two hundred detailed anatomical studies, based on the autopsies of some thirty cadavers. All but a

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How did the painting of the Mona Lisa come about?

  Lisa was everything a man could want in a wife. She soon became pregnant and in early 1496 gave

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Isleworth Mona Lisa (Geneva), detail of the dress

“He wasted a lot of time drawing knots of cords in an intricate pattern, in such a way that the

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Isleworth Mona Lisa (Geneva)

Given the obvious care with which Leonardo depicted them, do the hands carry an allegorical meaning? Are they placed in

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The marriage of the real Mona Lisa and her husband was a love story

The suggestion that the silk merchant was deeply in love with his wife—not an inevitable outcome, in an age when

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Why Leonardo painted not one, but two Mona Lisa portraits

As we saw, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci remains a mystery—the source of a growing mythology that continues

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