Past in Perspective

The Mona Lisa was originally intended to be a portrait but over the course of time, the meanings associated to it has shifted. She has become an icon of the Renassance and one of the most famous paintings across the world. She was in all likelihood the wife of a merchant who ordered a portrait but for some reason, it was never delivered and was kept by Leonardo da Vinci when he went to work for Francis I, the King of France. Later, a copy of the painting was discovered in the collection of the Prado in Madrid. The background was painted over and it looked like the original but when compared and cleaned, it was the copy made by another artist who sat and followed da Vinci every brush-stroke by brush-stroke.

“Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues;
you can tell by the way she smiles.”
–Bob Dylan

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