I read an article today about da Vinci's infamous Mona Lisa painting. It seems as if they have finally discovered the woman behind the ever so slight grin. Here is the skinny...Mona is Lisa Gherardini. She was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine merchant. Experts say that there were notes scribbled in a book that is dated October 1503 that confirms that Lisa was the model for sure. But is this finding such a good thing? The way I see it is it can be a major loss to the art community. It somehow takes the sense of mystery out of the painting...something that most artists and non-artists alike relished. Not only is the mystery gone, but also the sense of one being able to imagine who this mystery woman was. Imagination is half the beauty of a piece of art. What does the painting depict? What was the thought process behind the painting?..etc, etc. Let's keep the mystery in our work artists. Let's keep our audience wondering about our story and making up their own.
I liked Mona Lisa better when I didn't know her smile.