Mona Lisa Research Paper

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Personally, I do not understand all the praise that the Mona Lisa receives. I understand and appreciate its artistic beauty, but I feel as though there are other works of art that should have more acclaim than da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. I personally enjoy paintings that have multiple subjects in it, like da Vinci’s other famous painting, The Last Supper, or Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Also, I believe that my slight aversion to the Mona Lisa is that I am not a fan of Renaissance era art, and I tend to lean toward impressionism, surrealism, and other forms of art that have many bright colors. While the Mona Lisa is a beautiful work of art, I just do not understand why it gets so much attention. There are many famous portraits that I feel are better than the Mona Lisa, like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring for example. While I am by no means qualified and do not possess the knowledge behind all the different artistic styles and techniques behind these paintings, what I focus on is the aesthetic of the painting and I do not enjoy the aesthetic of the Mona Lisa as much as I enjoy the other paintings I have listed earlier. I am also not a fan of the L.H.O.O.Q. I thought that it was comical to draw a mustache and beard on a copy of the Mona Lisa, but I do not see it as a work of art. I personally do not believe that a readymade such as the L.H.O.O.Q should be considered a work of art. Many people deface pictures in their textbooks at school, should those be valued for millions of dollars? I understand that readymades were Duchamp’s forte, but I do not consider them art. I believe that anyone could do what Duchamp did and not get any recognition, so I do not understand why it is so popular. To conclude, while the Mona Lisa is a great work of art, in my…show more content…
Also, I do not think that Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q should even be considered a work of art due to the fact that he drew on a postcard of the Mona Lisa instead of trying to recreate the picture with a beard and
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