Theme & details
This painting was originally painted on a 30" by 20 ½" frame, and was painted on a poplar panel by a sfumato oil technique (da Vinci described this technique as “without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus plane”.)
The painting provides an elevated perspective of a woman (presumably Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo) sitting in a chair, with an imaginary background containing various paths and mountains. The concept for the seated position came from early depictions of the Madonna.
This painting implements a pyramid design to efficiently place the model in the middle of the painting
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