Author: Martin Kemp
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-05-25
Read this book and the world's most famous image will never look the same again. For the world's greatest cultural icon still has secrets to reveal - not the silly secrets that the 'Leonardo loonies' continue to advance, but previously unknown facts about the lives of Leonardo, his father, Lisa Gherardini, the subject of the portrait, and her husband Francesco del Giocondo. From this factual beginning we see how the painting metamorphosed into a 'universal picture' that became the prime vehicle for Leonardo's prodigious knowledge of the human and natural worlds. We learn about the new money of the ambitious merchant who married into the old gentry of Lisa's family. We discover Lisa's life as a wife and mother, her association with sexual scandals, and her later life in a convent. We meet, for the first time, previously undiscovered members of Leonardo's immediate family and discover new information about his early life. The tiny hill town of Vinci is placed before us, with its widespread poverty. We find out about the career and possessions of his father, a notable lawyer in Florence. The meaning of the portrait that resulted from these human circumstances is vividly illuminated though Renaissance love poetry and verses specifically dedicated to Leonardo. We come to understand how Leonardo's sciences of optics, psychology, anatomy and geology are embraced in his poetic science of art. Recent scientific examinations of the painting disclose how it evolved to assume its present appearance in Leonardo's experimental hands. Above all, we cut through the suppositions and the myths to show that the portrait is a product of real people in a real place at a real time. This is the book that brings back a sense of reality into the creation of the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo. And the actual Mona Lisa, it turns out, is even more astonishing and transcendent than the Mona Lisa of legend.
Die Lebensgeschichte der jungen Lisa, der Mona Lisa Leonardos, ist voll dramatischer Ereignisse. Im Florenz der Renaissance heiratet sie Guliano Medici, der bei den Wirren um den fanatischen Mönch Savonarola wahrscheinlich ums Leben gekommen ist.
Author: Donald Sassoon
Publisher: Harvest Books
Release Date: 2003-01
Sophisticated prose and gorgeous illustrations combine to reveal how Leonardo da Vinci's creation became the greatest masterpiece in the history of art by exploring the birth of the painting, who the subject was, why it gained international recognition, and how it is used today, in a thoroughly researched and in-depth account of the making of a icon. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Author: Donna Jo Napoli
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
Release Date: 2010-06-23
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Wer ist Mona Lisa? Mona Lisa – ihr Porträt ist das berühmteste Gemälde der Welt. Donna Jo Napoli erzählt Mona Lisas Geschichte so farbenprächtig und ausgeschmückt, dass die Porträtierte zur besten Freundin wird: Elisabetta ist die dreizehnjährige Tochter eines italienischen Landaristokraten. Als sie in die florentinische Gesellschaft eingeführt wird, lernt sie nicht nur den Maler Leonardo da Vinci kennen, sondern verliebt sich auch Hals über Kopf in Giuliano de’ Medici. Giuliano erwidert Elisabettas Liebe und macht sie überglücklich. Doch politische Intrigen führen dazu, dass die beiden Liebenden getrennt werden. Elisabetta wird mit einem florentinischen Kaufmann verheiratet. Giuliano, der sie nicht vergessen kann, beauftragt da Vinci, ein Porträt von ihr zu malen ...
Author: Dianne Hales
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-08-18
A genius immortalized her. A French king paid a fortune for her. An emperor coveted her. Every year more than 9 million visitors trek to view her portrait in the Louvre. Yet while everyone recognizes her smile, hardly anyone knows her story. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, a blend of biography, history, and memoir, truly is a book of discovery-about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist, and most praised and parodied painting. Who was she, this ordinary woman who rose to such extraordinary fame? Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model? What became of her? And why does her smile enchant us still? Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542) was a quintessential woman of her times, caught in a whirl of political upheavals, family dramas, and public scandals. Her life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence-and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen. Her story creates an extraordinary tapestry of Renaissance Florence, with larger-than-legend figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. In Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, Dianne Hales takes readers with her to meet Lisa's descendants; uncover her family's long and colourful history; and explore the neighbourhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife, and a mother.
Discover the true portrait of Lisa Gherardini Major BBC documentary to be broadcast in December 2015Groundbreaking and important new discoveries concerning the Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa is one of mankind's great mysteries. With over 9.7 million admirers per year, it is the most legendary painting of all time. No other work has provoked such a desire to know its secrets. Now, after a decade of research, Pascal Cotte has pioneered an extraordinary scientific imagery technique (L.A.M.), that takes us into the heart of the paint-layers of the world's most famous picture and reveals secrets that have remained hidden for 500 years. This book takes us on a remarkable journey that reveals stage by stage, layer by layer, his remarkable findings. It demonstrates definitively, for the first time, answers to the mysteries that have eluded us for centuries. Who was the lady in the picture? Did Leonardo paint another version? What really lies behind that iconic face? And how did Leonardo achieve that beguiling and seductive smile? There are over 150 brand new discoveries about the painting. A landmark event in the world of art, this book shatters many myths and alters our vision of Leonardo s masterpiece forever. Pascal Cotte s findings are the subject of a major BBC documentary and will be announced to the world in December."