Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mona Lisa's Shadows

Mona Lisa : Paris, France - May 20, 2011: Visitors at the Louvre museum in Paris take pictures of the Mona Lisa portrait. Mona Lisa is a portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by the Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci.
Photo of people taking photos of the Mona Lisa courtesy

Leonardo da Vinci used 30 layers of paint, about 40 micrometers each, on the Mona Lisa in order to execute a technique called Sfumato, which makes shadows look realistic.  For more information click here.  What did you learn today?

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