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Mona lisa yearbook mid term

Mona Lisa: Yearbook Mid-term

Be prepared to shine!

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinciwas born on April 15, 1452 and passed away onMay 2, 1519. He was a true Italian Renaissance Man, or a person whose talent spans a significant number of different areas. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, map maker, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, characterizes the Renaissance ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the model of the perfect man with an "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.

Mona Lisa

Among the works created by Leonardo in the 16th century is the small portrait known as the Mona Lisa or "la Gioconda", the laughing one. It is perhaps the most famous painting in the world. Its fame rests, in particular, on the mysterious smile on the woman's face, its secretive quality brought about perhaps by the fact that the artist has subtly shadowed the corners of the mouth and eyes so that the exact nature of the smile cannot be determined. It has been said that "the smile was so pleasing that it seemed divine rather than human; and those who saw it were amazed to find that it was as alive as the original".

What makes Mona Lisa Mona Lisa?

Her eyes.

Her smile.

Her hands.

You are to create three different re-makes of Mona Lisa using different themes.

Suggestions follow:

Quest for discovery

Quest for power



Role of men

Role of women

Self – inner and outer




Social mobility

Technology in society – good or bad

Temporary nature of physical beauty

Temptation and destruction


Vanity as downfall

Vulnerability of the meek

Vulnerability of the strong

Will to survive

Wisdom of experience

Working class struggles

Youth and

Evils of racism

Facing darkness

Facing reality

Fading beauty

Faith versus doubt

Family – blessing or curse

Fate and free will

Fear of failure

Female roles


Good versus bad

Greed as downfall

Growing up – pain or pleasure

Hazards of passing judgment

Heartbreak of betrayal

Heroism – real and perceived

Hierarchy in nature

Identity crisis

Illusion of power


Individual versus society

Inner versus outer strength



Isolationism – hazards

Knowledge versus ignorance

Loneliness as destructive force


Losing hope

Loss of innocence

Lost honor

Lost love

Love and sacrifice

Man against nature


Materialism as downfall


Names – power and significance

Nationalism – complications

Nature as beauty

Necessity of work

Oppression of women

Optimism – power or folly

Overcoming – fear, weakness, vice

Patriotism – positive side or complications

Power and corruption

Power of silence

Power of tradition

Power of wealth

Power of words

Pride and downfall

Progress – real or illusion

Man against nature using different themes.

Good versus bad using different themes.

Social mobility using different themes.

Other examples using different themes.

Mona Lisa: Illusion of Beauty using different themes.

Use this image to begin your work. Copy and paste into Adobe Elements. Have fun and make something unique yet school appropriate.