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Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa (1479-1528), also known as La Gioconda, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo; 1503-06 Oil on wood, 77 x 53 cm (30 x 20 7/8 in); Musee du Louvre, Paris

This figure of a woman, dressed in the Florentine fashion of her day and seated in a visionary, mountainous landscape, is a remarkable instance of Leonardo's sfumato technique of soft, heavily shaded modeling. The Mona Lisa's enigmatic expression, which seems both alluring and aloof, has given the portrait universal fame.
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Name:dora
Date:Wednesday February 15, 2006 9:39:34 am MST
Subject:Re: Mona Lisa
Message:It is reported that the portrait of Mona Lisa is actually a self-portrait. This would explain the "half-man, half-woman" reference in the Da Vinci Code. Given the date in history, it is doubtful that a hermaphrodite would be pleased about his/her condition because such aperson would likely be considered as evil. The woman in the painting is the wife of someone.

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