Not an art person, perhaps you have also heard the famous painting Mona Lisa, also known as La Gioconde, by Leonardo da Vinci. This painting has many world records. One of the numbers that makes us dumbfounded is … the time to wait and wait to see it with our own eyes.
To see it, you must purchase a ticket to the Louvre in Paris. Then wait a long time to line up. When you reach the picture, you only have… 30 seconds to see it before you are pushed away, making room for the next group of visitors.
Not to mention, the Mona Lisa painting is tiny, protected in a thick bulletproof glass cage. If it is not viewed from the front, the glass can reflect light, making you dazzle and unable to see clearly.
If you love this picture, now, you are not too hard. The Google Arts & Culture project has copied it to its digital library. Sitting at home, you can leisurely watch the pictures without being bothered.
Why is the Mona Lisa a famous painting?
Mona Lisa is one of the most expensive paintings in the world. According to the Guinness Book of Records, its stolen insurance was worth US $ 100 million in 1962 – equivalent to $ 700 million now. Why is it so appreciated?
First is its history.
Born in the first decade of the 1500s, it is one of the paintings of the Phuc Hung period, which is still quite intact and perfect. Their value lies in allowing us to understand old culture.
For example, the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. Many historians claim that it was because in ancient times, women pulled out their eyebrows because they thought it was not clean. But then, in 2007, engineer Pascal Cotte said: The scan shows that in fact Mona Lisa has enough eyebrows. But these slim lines have faded over time, making people call her the eyebrowless woman!
Second, because it is a work of Leonardo da Vinci.
He is considered a genius, the most famous painter in the Renaissance period. Leonardo da Vinci invented a way to paint portraits on a landscape background, instead of in a dark house. This idea of his created a new way of Renaissance painting, separate from the previous Baroque period.
In the end, maybe because it was… stolen.
In fact, it was not until the 1860s that intellectuals began to pay attention to this painting, praising it as a pinnacle work of Renaissance painting style. And the public only knew it started in 1911 because of the theft.
Because of this theft, the painting became famous. The day the Louvre received it, the Mona Lisa became an icon of this museum. And become one of the world’s most recognizable pictures.