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Mona Lisa Discovered

Years ago we had a brief time for seeing art in The Louvre and one of our delights was standing in front of the Mona Lisa. A few years ago we discovered that it was relocated in the Louvre and we could not get close. Now I have again encountered this enigmatic portrait in a recent book researched by Dianne Hales: "Mona Lisa a Life Discovered." Or rather I have encountered something of her life and artist Leonardo DaVinci and the times in which they lived.

The subject of the painting was the wife of a Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo. A tough businessman the husband treated his wife well. In about 1502 he engaged Leonardo to paint the portrait which took some years to complete. There was lots going on like the French invasion. So the artist was in Milan and Rome too.

I recommend this new book which will reveal the history of the times as well as people surrounding Leonardo.

http://totallyhistory.com/mona-lisa/
www.leonardodavinci.net/the-mona-lisa.jsp

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