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Mona Lisa

La Gioconda

  Buy now from barewalls.com1505: Musée du Louvre, Paris

This small oil painting, visited by thousands in the Louvre Gallery, Paris, is perhaps the most famous icon in the world and for many who see it this is somewhat baffling. Why should this painting have been singled out for such acclaim and mystic status when there are literally hundreds of similar paintings of similar subjects belonging to the same period which are of equivalent technical quality and draughtsmanship?

Perhaps because Renaissance women, such as Marguerite of Navarre and Queen Elizabeth of England, occasionally held posts of power; but most were simply wives or mothers, and these are best represented by the enigmatic Mona Lisa - a figure who continues to intrigue modern man with her mysterious smile.

 
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