The Painting of the Mona Lisa or La Gioconda

The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda is a half-length portrait painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Considered a masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, it has been described as “the best known work of art in the world”.

The reason for this reconstruction work is an attempt to show how the Mona Lisa would have been seen by Leonardo and his contemporaries. This is a hypothetical and personal reconstruction.

Unfortunately the painting In the Louvre museum in France, Paris is almost unenjoyable because the varnish and oil colors has darkened and yellowed considerable since the 16th century. Therefore the colors are not as brilliant as they were when the painting was completed. Today it almost looks like a monochrome painting.

This is the first part of a video series on how I painted the Mona Lisa.

In this stage the drawing with the brush and monochrome underpainting I used 2 colors: Caput Mortuum and Titanium White.

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