These in turn correspond to the line of her fingers.

The figure forms a pyramid shape in three-quarter view, seen within the cubic space of a balcony.

The nose possesses the fine delicate reddish apertures seen in life.

In addition, he has juxtaposed large areas of densely saturated colors that differentiate and yet unify into a distinct and decorative pattern the dress, shawl, blouse, anatomy, hair, and headpiece.

The observer's point of view is made to shift from figure to landscape.

He lived during a time filled with other brilliant people.

The curved aqueduct on the right continues into the highlighted drapery fold over her left shoulder, and the spiral road on her right is repeated in the short curves of her sleeves.

The whole is illuminated by a diffused sunlight that casts delicate shadows on the face and neck.

The achievements that he has made in his lifetime were unimaginable and so advanced for his time period, that many of his ideas were not taken seriously until modern times.

The enigmatic smile of the  is the subject of volumes of scholarly interpretation.


He recorded his ideas for paintings on paper.

The landscape is a mysterious and evocative place in which the only evidence of human existence is vestigial, taking the form of the bridge on the extreme right of the panel.

The reactions of each apostle are very specific.

The light also shifts, bathing the figure in soft subdued yellow tones and the landscape in a grey-blue As a result, the rocky background, which is imaginary, has a hazy, misty quality.

Judas is set apart from the other apostles and his face is shadowed.

The royal ownership was confirmed nearly a century later when the Italian antiquarian Cassiano dal Pozzo in 1625 saw a portrait of a woman at the Chateau of Fontainebleau in France and identified her as a certain "Gioconda".

The Mona Lisa is the most famous portrait of all time.

Such formal parallels do not explain the mystery of the figure, whose expression has been the subject of songs, stories, poems, even other works of art.

His journals give insight into his investigative processes.

The eyes possess that moist lustre which is constantly seen in life, and about them are those livid reds and hair which cannot be rendered without the utmost delicacy.

He wrote and drew with his left hand.

The lids could not be more natural, for the way in which the hairs issue from the skin, here thick and there scanty, and following the pores of the skin.

Leonardo was a master of mechanical principles.

Mona Lisa was very beautiful, and while Lionardo was drawing her portrait he engaged people to play and sing, and jesters to keep her merry, and remove that melancholy which painting usually gives to portraits.