Da Vinci's “Mona Lisa”: A statement that explains nothing

Da Vinci's “Mona Lisa”: A statement that explains nothing

DaVincis “Mona Lisa”:An explanation that explains nothing

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Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, at home today in the Louvre.

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Has the riddle now been solved as to which bridge can be seen in the background of the “Mona Lisa”? A historian says so. But even if it were true, it wouldn’t explain anything. Because Leonardo’s landscape tells a different story.

Von Kia Land

Interpreting a picture is a declaration of love – and as with being in love, here too the projections sometimes win out over the sense of reality at first. Seen in this way, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” will always produce new explanations, precisely because she is so fantastic. The bridge finders form their own group among the interpreters of what is rightfully the most famous Renaissance painting. They think they have identified the bridge seen in the right background of the work of art in this or that spot of central Italy.

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