Monna Pacifica by giulband ()
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Monna Pacifica Brandani, was a noblewoman of Urbino court dead in 1511, giving birth to the son of lover Giuliano De Medici, son of the Magnificent. It rises from death for centuries to legitimize its image in Leonardo's most famous work. It seems that Monna Lisa, named "Gioconda" by her husband's name, is not the woman represented, since recent studies seem to prove that Leonardo performed this portrait by commission of Giuliano De Medici, who had no relationship with Monna Lisa Gherardini. (According to some studious Pacifica it was painted over the original unfinished monnalisa)
Image Comments (86)
velleman () 9:13AM | Sun, 07 May 2017
She is long time dead and she lives forever... That is my interpretation. Very strong surrealistic image!
Crudelitas () 3:33PM | Sun, 07 May 2017
Creepy cool work. Yepp, Leonardo was to paint an idealized picture of his deceased mother to the illegitimate son of Giuliano De Medici ... Why he never gave the image out of his possession remains a mystery ... Fantastic work!
jhayward () 3:56PM | Sun, 21 May 2017
nicely done, I think the smile reference still applies! applause!
wparrott1 () 8:44PM | Tue, 23 May 2017
Incredible art! Excellent and wonderful history! Very interesting!
aksirp () 6:42AM | Mon, 05 June 2017
wow, what a great art and adaption - new creation of this theme, love the details and background informations - superb!
kenmo () 10:53AM | Mon, 19 June 2017
This image rocks and is simply brilliant...!!!!! 5++++++++++++++++++++
anahata.c () 4:14AM | Sat, 24 June 2017
Yes, I have studied the history of the "Mona Lisa," and, yes: Scholars debate. Who was the 'real' Mona Lisa? Years ago, we learned that it was Lisa Gherardini...but maybe it was someone else. I know it is an unsolved mystery. And maybe today's "Mona Lisa" is painted over an original "Mona Lisa". Great mystery...
But you've turned this mystery into an exploration of life and death. This is an assaulting, stunning image. The woman is a mummia, here...and her death shrouds are unraveling...and her head is revealed. You've created several layers of life and death, in her head. We see the real, living woman inside the skull---the very opposite of what happens in life: Here, the living person is buried inside the dead person, waiting to 'come out'. It's like the soul waiting to come out of the decayed body,,,
And you've blended and layered the head brilliantly.
And: She has full, living, radiant hair. It seems devoid of da Vinci's sfumato---yes? (Did I use the word correctly?) Your hair has none of the glazing and softness of the Louvre's "Mona Lisa". (I never knew if that 'softness was what da Vinci intended, or if it was created by age and decay.) A stunning giustapposizione: Life and death in the same portrait.
Her hands and arms---exposed in only a couple of places---are transparent, showing the aged bones inside. More giustapposizione. And the mummia-cloth (the cloth wrapped around Mona Lisa) seems almost new: It doesn't seem decayed. You've created a mixture of new and old, and fresh and decayed, in this image.
And you've place her against da Vinci's original background, with all its mystery, decay, vividness and 'infinity'. (It's one of the timeless mountain-backgrounds that da Vinci uses in other paintings...they're almost 'moonscapes' (paesaggio lunare), landscapes before time...)
While this image is about 2 (or more) Lisa's...it's about life and death itself, or life emerging out of death. And it's abut permanence and impermanence. A wonderful transformation of the original "Mona Lisa"...and absolutely 'arresting'. (che salta all'occhio? che attira l'attenzione?) It's arresting for anyone who knows the Louvre's version. Brilliant.