Is Monalisa painting male or female?Is Monalisa painting male or female?

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The Mona Lisa has almost always been assumed to be a woman, but claims have recently been made that the model for the painting may actually have been a male.  However, those claims have been disputed, and so this seems to be one of those historical disputes that may be debated until further proof for one side or the other is discovered. Here's a link about the recent claims:



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This is a great question. As the previous posted stated, most people believe that the painting is of a woman. However, if you look at the picture carefully and for along time, you will begin to question your first assessment. There are qualities of the picture that give it an almost genderless look. And there is little in the painting that mark it as definitely as female. I believe that this was intentional.

Many great works of art are liminal. What I mean by that is great works of art are not easily definable. There are qualities that seem to trascend our natural categories. I beleive that the Mona Lisa is an example of this.

With all this said, the prevailing opinion is that the Mona Lisa is a woman, but a small minority is open to the gender.

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 ♦ because the signs of woman and man are both visible with the painting.

 ♦ he added a mysterious combination of scratches in his paintings which leads to form  ♣♣ worlds best painting ♣♣

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The Mona Lisa(,1&op_sharpen=1&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.2,0,0&iccEmbed=0&bgc=0xdedede&bgColor=0xdedede) is the most famous painting in the history of art. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of this master piece. It is said that when he was 14, Leonardo had painted the picture of a dragon that looked so real that it actually scared his father! Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists and thinkers of all time. In addition to his paintings, da Vinci was an accomplished sculptor,architect,musician, engineer ,and scientist.

The painting shows a beautiful woman seated on an arm chair on a balcony. Behind her a land scape can be seen. Leonardo has seated her so that the figure seems almost alive. Her smile is mysterious, and nothing in the painting appears fixed. All the shapes seem to sway and flow gentlyinto one another,and the figure and landscape are perfectly harmonized. Experts believe Leonardo painted Mona Lisa i Italy over a long period begining about 1505.


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‘‘feminine mystique,’’ Mona Lisa came to represent everything marvelous and mysterious about women. To Walter Pater, for example, she represented the eternal femi­nine that is ‘‘

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The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a seated woman, Lisa del Giocondo, whose facial expression has been frequently described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the subject's expression, the monumentality of the composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the continuing fascination and study of the work. The image is widely recognised, caricatured, and sought out by visitors to the Louvre, and it is considered the most famous painting in the world. From:
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Female, The Monalisa is one of Leonardo Da'Vince's most intriguing and highly debated works of art.

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