attempt to evalutate the Mona Lisa by Leonardo

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I’m going to attempt to evalutate the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  This is totally foreign to me and I feel vulnerable trying to answer these questions!  Any help or better insight to this stuff would be much appreciated.

From the perspective of a descriptive critic I would comment on the lack of lines and use of shadowing to create separation.  The colors are very muted throughout the piece with the exception of her skin.  Her skin appears to glow in contrast to her clothes and the background giving the painting a lot of value (if I’m using that term correct)?  Leonardo made her in the shape of an isosceles triangle with her shoulders turned slightly to give her a posed position and not a relaxed position (Jacobus & Martin, 2019).

From the perspective of an interpretive critic I would comment that it is the most famous piece of artwork in the world because of her unknown identity and smile.  “It is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo,” (Scailliérez, 2020).  When Leonardo finished the painting, he gave the painting to France.  The emotion responsible for her smile will always be a mystery and speculating on it never gets old.  Leonardo also broke away from outlining images and used the technique sfumato which uses blending, layering, and transitions that are impossible to see (Mona Lisa, n.d.).

From the perspective of an evaluative critic I would comment that the form is fluid throughout the piece.  Nothing sticks out in a bad way, Lisa just glows and her eyes are obviously the focus at first.  Her gaze seems to captivate people and make people curious about her and what she’s thinking.  I would consider that point effective insight.  This piece is obviously inexhaustable, has staying power in my own words, as it is studied in education and visited daily at The Louvre.


Mona Lisa …Leonardo’s Masterful technique. (n.d.). Retrieved January 14, 2021, from

Jacobus, L.A., Martin, F.D. (2019). The Humanities through the Arts. New York: McGraw-Hill. Retrieved January, 13, 2021, from VitalSource Bookshelf: Humanities through the Arts

Scaillierez, C. (n.d.). Site officiel du musee du Louvre. Retrieved January 14, 2021, from

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