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  • Tuesday, May 02, 2006

     

    LEONARDO DA VINCI

    MONA LISA - DA VINCI

    German experts crack Mona Lisa smile

    By Sylvia Westall Mon Jan 14, 2:00 PM ET

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the "Mona Lisa" in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait.

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    Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the sixteenth-century painting.

    But art historians have often wondered whether the smiling woman may actually have been da Vinci's lover, his mother or the artist himself.

    Now experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that Lisa del Giocondo was indeed the model for one of the most famous portraits in the world.

    "All doubts about the identity of the Mona Lisa have been eliminated by a discovery by Dr. Armin Schlechter," a manuscript expert, the library said in a statement on Monday.

    Until then, only "scant evidence" from sixteenth-century documents had been available. "This left lots of room for interpretation and there were many different identities put forward," the library said.

    The notes were made by a Florentine city official Agostino Vespucci, an acquaintance of the artist, in a collection of letters by the Roman orator Cicero.

    The comments compare Leonardo to the ancient Greek artist Apelles and say he was working on three paintings at the time, one of them a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo.

    Art experts, who have already dated the painting to this time, say the Heidelberg discovery is a breakthrough and the earliest mention linking the merchant's wife to the portrait.

    "There is no reason for any lingering doubts that this is another woman," Leipzig University art historian Frank Zoellner told German radio. "One could even say that books written about all this in the past few years were unnecessary, had we known."

    The woman was first linked to the painting in around 1550 by Italian official Giorgio Vasari, the library said, but added there had been doubts about Vasari's reliability and had made the comments five decades after the portrait had been painted.

    The Heidelberg notes were actually discovered over two years ago in the library by Schlechter, a spokeswoman said.

    Although the findings had been printed in the library's public catalogue they had not been widely publicized and had received little attention until a German broadcaster decided to do some recording at the library, she said.

    The painting, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, is also known as "La Gioconda" meaning the happy or joyful woman in Italian, a title which also suggests the woman's married name.

    (Editing by Giles Elgood



    LADY with ERMINE - DA VINCI
    PORTRAIT of a WOMAN - DA VINCI
    PORTRAIT of a MUSICIAN - DA VINCI
    GINERVA di BENCI - DA VINCI
    SAINT JOHN the BAPTIST - DA VINCI
    MADONNA LITTA -DA VINCI
    BENOIS MADONNA - DA VINCI
    VIRGIN WITH CHILD and SAINT ANNE - DA VINCI
    VIRGINOF THE ROCKS - DA VINCI
    ADORATION OF THE MAGI - DA VINCI

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    FIELD OF POPPIES - CLAUDE MONET
    NYMPHEAS- CLAUDE MONET
    LES COQUELICOTS- CLAUDE MONET
    LE PONT JAPONAIS A GIVERNY
    JARDIN DE MONET
    IRISES -CLAUDE MONET
    DUSK - CLAUDE MONET

    Monday, May 01, 2006

     

    VINCENT van GOGH

    Starry Night
    June 1889 (210 Kb); Oil on Canvas, 72 x 92 cm (29 x 36 1/4 in); The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    The Starry Night was completed near the mental asylum of Saint-Remy, 13 months before Van Gogh's death at the age of 37. Vincent's mental instability is legend. He attempted to take Paul Gauguin's life and later committed himself to several asylums in hopes of an unrealized cure.
    Van Gogh painted furiously and The Starry Night vibrates with rockets of burning yellow while planets gyrate like cartwheels. The hills quake and heave, yet the cosmic gold fireworks that swirl against the blue sky are somehow restful.
    This painting is probably the most popular of Vincent's works.
    .......
    This is also my favorite and I have a large print of it hanging next to my computer desk where I spend a great deal of time. It is also the favorite of my 12 year old great grandson, who created his own interpretation of it and it, too, hangs next to my desk.
    ........
    SUNFLOWERS
    DETAIL OF SUNFLOWER - SHOWING BRUSH STROKES
    IRISES - SAINT REMY
    OLIVE TREES
    YELLOW WHEAT AND CYPRESSES
    CAFE TERRACE PLACED DU FORUM AT NIGHT, ARLES
    ALMOND BLOSSOMS - SAN REMY 1890 -

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