Her tricky smile and timeless allure have inspired academic study and artistic emulation for more than five centuries. But the story of this perplexing portrait of 'Mona Lisa' is even richer than it looks.
LEONARDO DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting features a woman smiling. Now, some neuroscientists argue that the artist may have purposely added an insincere smirk that wasn't present on the model's face.
Sure, you know 'Mona Lisa' and 'The Last Supper,' but have you ever seen Leonardo's drawings of the female reproductive system?
In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work went missing. A tip from an admitted art thief seemed to implicate one of the world's best painters.
Zoom in on every detail of Leonardo da Vinci's sketches in Codex Forster I, which is now available online.
It would have been painted when Leonardo da Vinci was 18, but not everyone is convinced that the work—which depicts the Archangel Gabriel—is authentic.
Leonardo was a polymath, and the very definition of a Renaissance man. He also had beef with Michelangelo.
Leonardo da Vinci wore many hats—painter, mathematician, inventor, and paleontologist were just some of the titles that might describe him.
Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" has evolved over the past five centuries from a thoughtful sketch into the picture of health. But the history behind this sketch is as curious as its image is omnipresent.
Hoping to protect Leonardo's work against attack, officials had guarded it with sandbags and scaffolding years before. And it worked.