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It was finally brought out, and made available to the public for the first time, in 2012.
Was it completed in 1506?
La Gioconda or, la Joconde.) Today, the Renaissance masterpiece hangs in the Louvre in Paris, where it's visited by an estimated six million people each year.Was the National duped into helping to authenticate a dodgy picture?Da Vincis interests ranged far beyond fine art.What we can know, what is undeniably real, are the dramatic composition, eloquent gestures and deep theatrical perspective with which Leonardo presents this tragic moment.He was, wrote Sigmund Freud, like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.He saw science and art as complementary rather than distinct disciplines, and thought that ideas formulated in one realm couldand shouldinform the other.There is no mistaking these archetypal traits of Leonardos in this portrait.Paradoxically, its sketchy nature reveals some of his defining characteristics as a painter slowness, intellectualism, hesitance.A preliminary sketch of Isabella D'Este.
Its blue dream of mountains in the distance is so vast and infinite, while the details of rocks in the foreground are directly rooted in his scientific studies of nature.
The Virgin of the Rocks (1st version) (1483-85).
In a section called "Life of Leonardo da vincite ambetto Vinci: Painter and Sculptor of Florence.
The difference between the careful but slightly flat execution of most of it, and that fantastic angel makes it clear that he let assistants finish.
In this second version, he conforms to orthodoxy by giving John the Baptist a cross to show his premonition of Christs fate, and removing the angels finger that pointed at John.The melancholy mystery of her expression, the shadows that subtly define her features and, most of all, the exquisite realism of her translucent eyes and pink lips close up make this portrait a trial run for all his later ones.The paintings clerical sponsors rejected this mysterious attempt to sideline Christ.No one has ever doubted who painted this because only one artist could.The supremely rich, glowing light and ethereal nudity of this painting play deliberately on the sacred and profane: was John the Baptist, for Leonardo, a gay hero whose friendship with Christ he imagined as heretically carnal?Anyway, no other Italian artist at this time was painting women in this direct, characterful way.Leonardo's own good looks were legendary, recorded by his 16th century biographer, Giorgio Vasari, as "endowed by heaven with beauty, grace and talent".Most notably, he believed that sight was mankinds most important sense and that saper vedere(knowing how to see) was crucial to living all aspects of life fully.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich carried out carbon-dating tests on the canvas and confirmed that it was likely manufactured between 14, which helped refute claims that the painting was a late 16th century copy. .
It has always been in Florence and, even though it was not mentioned.