The Painting of La Gioconda known as the Mona Lisa

La Gioconda, known in English as The Mona Lisa, is a half-length portrait painting by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. Considered one of the most famous paintings in the world, it was painted around 1503 and 1517.

The purpose of this reconstruction endeavor is to demonstrate how Leonardo and his contemporaries would have perceived the Mona Lisa. This is a speculative and subjective reconstruction.

The artwork and the oil colors, but mostly the varnish, at the Louvre Museum in Paris have darkened and yellowed significantly since the 16th century. As a result, the colors aren’t as vibrant as they were when the painting was finished.

Part 1

This is part one of a video series on how I painted the Mona Lisa using oils and glazes.

In this, the first stage, I used brown semi-opaque paint and brown glazes made by mixing black and brownish-red for developing her hair and dress.


In part 2 I continue the monochrome modelling of the light and shadows, the building stones of the design and main elements of the composition.

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