|Why does Art Endure ?|
|Mona Lisa Lives|
Why do some art paintings last through the ages and continue to fascinate, yet other paintings fade away?
Paintings that survive the centuries share these qualities:
A prime example of an enduring work of Art, the Mona Lisa which was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506, utilized a new technique in painting commonly referred to as "Sfumato", the emergence of form from a background of muted shades.
There are two types of perspective present in The Mona Lisa to represent space. The first is Linear Perspective which represents depth through a system of constructed lines that converge to a vanishing point located on the horizon. Leonardo used Linear Perspective in the background. As a result, closer objects appear larger than those in the distance
The second system of perspective, Aerial Perspective employs subtle color selections to give this illusion of space, as Mona emerges from a mist of atmospheric haze.
Leonardo developed and utilized both Linear and Aerial systems of perspective in the painting.
Beyond the unique blend of both types of perspective utilized in the Mona Lisa, her eyes follow you. Leonardo positioned the face in a three quarter view. Her eyes face forward. The eyes appear to follow you as you walk passed her glance. Another unique feature.
There were many of Leonardo disciples who emulated the Master's work in his lifetime. One of his students painted a nude version of Mona Lisa, for example.
These are the qualities which determine and insure the lasting impact of the painting from past centuries. As we approach the new millennium artists need to take a backwards glance forward and use these works and qualities as the tools for painting the next millennium's enduring works.
Arti FaQ 2100
Please sign our guestbook.
We would love to hear from you.
April Accolades I May Miracles
Jubilant June I July Jewels I July Jewels Part II
Siggraph'99 I August Acclaim
Email Steve Feld