The First Renaissance ManThe art and architecture of Italy is world famous. Who has never seen the Mona Lisa, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa? There have been many artists, during many periods of art, that have come from Italy, but one man stands alone - Leonardo da Vinci.
We took a look at one of his most famous paintings - the Mona Lisa.
Started in 1502, the painting was commissioned by Francesco del Giocondo, who wanted a portrait of his wife Lisa to celebrate the birth of their third child. The word "Mona" was used in those times as a short form of Madonna, or my lady. Leonardo da Vinci never actually gave the painting to the Giocondos and kept fiddling with it for the rest of his life. Ours was done in about 30 minutes but, as you can tell, we left out a bit of the wonderful detail and up to 30 layers of paint that make the original so special.
Art Project: Mona Lisa (kinda)For the project you will need:
- paints (I highly recommend washable)
- canvas or white cardboard or paper
- variety of brushes
- artist pallette or plate to mix colors
- picture of the Mona Lisa (I got a sample set of different paintings a few years ago - one of those free gifts and then you join the club to get more. I never joined but if you are interested go to www.thehistoryexplorer.com)