Classical Painting is definitely a thing not only back in the day but even until today. But are you aware of the most famous Classical Painting of all time? The answer is Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Why is it considered the most famous Classical Painting? Well for one, even the non classical painting enthusiasts are actually aware how Mona Lisa look like. The painting of Mona Lisa, also called La Gioconda in Italian and La Joconde in French, is a just a half length portrait of a women which was painted by the world renowned Italian Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa painting was dubbed as the best known, the most visited, the most sung about, the most parodied and the most written about painting of all time in the world.
A little background about the Mona Lisa painting, the title of the painting Mona Lisa actually comes with a portrait description written by the Renaissance Art Historian Giorgio Vasari. He wrote the description, ‘Leonardo undertook to paint, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife’. This is when Madonna came about which is just a contraction of the word Mona. Traditionally, the title of the painting is Mona probably because Vasari used it, but in actuality, the painting is also commonly spelled in the modern Italian era as Monna Lisa which is a rare instance in the English language.
It is said that Leonardo da Vinci started working on the painting of Monal Lisa in the year 1503 or 1504 in the province of Florence, Italy. Louvre states though that is was undeniable that the painting was started in the year 1503 to 1506. Famous Art Historian Martin Kemp said that there a lots of confusion in confirming the date it was started because for one, no one can ask Leonardo da Vinci about it anymore. Unfortunately, as noted by Leonardo da Vinci’s contempory Giorgio Vasari, Leonardo has lingered on this painting for about 4 years and yet he did not finish the painting in the end. Leonardo has come to realize later on that he wasted his time and regretted not even able to finish a single painting.