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Perhaps the single most recognizable piece of artwork in the Western World, this portrait is also known as La Gioconda, after the believed model, Lisa Gherardini, whose father was Francesco del Giocondo. Such is its fame and artistic importance that a slew of theories about the true identity of the model have been concocted, from the model being a young man, apprentice of Da Vinci, to being the artist himself in his youth. Regardless of the truth of the matter, the fact that a work of art has raised such interest for so long is further proof of Da Vinci’s brilliance and importance for the Arts.
Currently housed by the Louvre Museum in Paris, the painting was originally purchased by King François I of France in the 16th century and has been part of the nation’s treasury ever since, even though it has been stolen more than once and even held for ransom.
By excluding much of the background, this detail of the famous Mona Lisa, allows the observer to focus on the features that have made the subject matter the target of so much study and contention. The alabaster skin, the flowing locks of hair, the lack of eyebrows and eyelashes, and, of course, the enigmatic smile, created with the expert use of shape and shadows.
In fact, the face of the Mona Lisa is often cited as an example of the uncanny, something so close to reality that causes strangeness. Da Vinci achieves this effect by the use of the sfumato technique, which blends the contours of the shapes, thus reneging the drawing of outlines. As a side effect, the technique also creates a certain ambiguousness, especially around the eyes and mouth, which is what has made the painting so famous for so many. Much study has been put on what hides behind the ambiguous smile, which by itself was a rather unorthodox pose to portray at the time.
That the Mona Lisa is among the most important paintings of all time, there is no doubt, and this detail allows the observer and collector to focus exactly on what has made it so famed: peerless technique, bold Renaissance innovation, and aesthetic brilliance. Truly one the most shining examples of the work developed by that who is considered the most talented mind of his time.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Mona Lisa Detail, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Mona Lisa Detail that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.