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Mona Lisa idee fixe or the Da Vinci Code mania - 3D Art Fantasy Modern Surrealism Pictures Limited Edition Prints by George Grie. Keywords, remains, Sphinx, ancient, Egypt, sculpture, La Joconde, pyramids, ruins, historical, historic, Giza, desert, architecture, contemporary, landmark, well-known famous, unique, modern
Mona Lisa idee fixe or the Da Vinci Code mania

Mona Lisa, La Joconde desktop wallpaper - 3d Modern neo Surrealism Picture, print The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the history of art and continues to inspire reproduction, parody, scientific theory, and more. In 2003-2006 we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the painting which now has it's own room at the Louve. The painting has achieved celebrity status and is continually appearing as subject of news articles around the globe.
Who Was She? She is believed to be Lisa Gherardini, born Tuesday, (the only day the Louvre is closed) June 15th 1479. She married Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanobi del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine merchant, when she was 16. At the time of the painting she was 24 and had 2 sons.
What other names does she go by? Monna Lisa was her original title. Monna is a contraction for Madonna, Mia Donna (Madam or My Lady). It became Mona Lisa, in English, due to a spelling error. She is La Joconde in French, La Gioconda in Italian, "the merry one," referring to the smile but also possibly a play on her name, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo.
Who painted her? Leonardo da Vinci- (1452-1519) He was the illegitimate son of a notary from the small Tuscan village of Vinci near Florence. Very handsome with a wonderful physique, he even possessed an excellent singing voice. Artist, scientist, philosopher, anatomist, astronomer, engineer, inventor and courtier, a true Renaissance man.
How long did it take him to paint it? It was believed to have been painted from 1503 to 1506, four years.

Leonardo used a pyramid design to place the woman simply and calmly in the space of the painting. Her folded hands form the front corner of the pyramid. Her breast, neck and face glow in the same light that softly models her hands. The light gives the variety of living surfaces an underlying geometry of spheres and circles. Leonardo referred to a seemingly simple formula for seated female figure: the images of seated Madonna, which were widely spread at the time. He effectively modified this formula in order to create the visual impression of distance between the sitter and the observer. The armrest of the chair functions as a dividing element between Mona Lisa and us. The woman sits markedly upright with her arms folded, which is also a sign of her reserved posture. Only her gaze is fixed on the observer and seems to welcome him to this silent communication. Since the brightly lit face is practically framed with various much darker elements (hair, veil, shadows), the observer's attraction to Mona Lisa's face is brought to even greater extent. Thus, the composition of the figure evokes an ambiguous effect: we are attracted to this mysterious woman but have to stay at a distance as if she were a divine creature. There is no indication of an intimate dialogue between the woman and the observer as is the case in the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione (Louvre) painted by Raphael about ten years after Mona Lisa and undoubtedly influenced by Leonardo's portrait.

The Da Vinci Code is a mystery/detective novel by American author Dan Brown, published in 2003 by Doubleday. The novel is based on the controversial premise that there is a conspiracy within the Roman Catholic Church to cover up the true story of Jesus. The novel has helped generate popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and the role of Mary Magdalene in the history of Christianity. According to the premise of the novel, the Vatican knows it is living a lie, but continues to do so to keep itself in power. The secrets of the Grail are connected, according to the novel, to Leonardo Da Vinci's work as follows:
* Leonardo was a member of the Priory of Sion and knew the secret of the Grail. The secret is in fact revealed in The Last Supper, in which no actual chalice is present at the table. The figure seated next to Christ is not a man, but a woman, his wife Mary Magdalene. Most reproductions of the work are from a later alteration that obscured her obvious female characteristics.
* The androgyny of the Mona Lisa reflects the sacred union of male and female which is implied in the holy union of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Such parity between the cosmic forces of masculine and feminine has long been a deep threat to the established power of the Church. The name Mona Lisa is actually an anagram for "Amon L'Isa", referring to the father and mother gods of Ancient Egypt (namely Amun and Isis).
* A number of different authors also speculate about the possibility of Jesus becoming a father. There are at least three children attributed to him, a daughter Tamar, born before the Crucifixion, and two sons Jesus (the Jesus Justus from the New Testament) and Josephes, both born after the Resurrection. Their names are now part of the common culture of conspiracy writers, however only two decades ago, when Holy Blood, Holy Grail was written, the names were never mentioned. The royal descents that lie at the heart of The Da Vinci Code mysteries centre on the family of Josephes, who is supposed to be the grandfather of Aminadab del Graal, first of the "Fisher Kings".

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