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The Mona Lisa might not have an obscure secret meaning. Maybe Leonardo just thought that it looked nice, amirite?

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It could be the same with Shakespeare. Teachers look way too far into that shit

Except for the fact that when one takes in the depth and scope of his genius, it seems unlikely that he would paint a picture simply because he thought it was "pretty."

The Mona Lisa is famous, because it's a picture of a normal working-class woman, painted in times where only rich men could afford something like that. She even used to have eyebrows and eyelashes, but they've most likely fainted away, due to overcleaning
The painting was among the first portraits to depict the sitter before an imaginary landscape and Leonardo was one of the first painters to use aerial perspective.

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He was most likely paid to paint it, like most painters were. Someone ordered a painting of her, and so he painted it. He carried it with him, to demonstrate to other painters the majesty of his new methods and such.
As an example, he used sfumato, and might have wanted to show other painters his mastery of this technique

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Actually, women provide little distraction.

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You do know The Da Vinci Code is a fictional book?

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meaning please?

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You know they've already debunked all that stuff?

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I saw it on NatGeo but this explains it just as well: http://www.debunkingdavinci.com/

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_del_Giocondo

Lisa del Giocondo (née Gherardini; 15 June 1479 – 15 July 1542, or ca. 1551), also known as Lisa Gherardini, Lisa di Antonio Maria (or Antonmaria) Gherardini and Mona Lisa, was a member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany in Italy. Her NAME was given to Mona Lisa, her portrait commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance.

The word 'Mona' means my lady, and Lisa is the name of the girl in the painting. That's were the name comes from.

Although I didn't know da Vinci was gay. From what I've read, it looks like you were right about that part.

Well, it certainly does look like him as a woman.

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