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My Covid19 Art Project: Recreate the "Lost" 1st Mona Lisa

Her face will be rotated like Leonardo's painting and have the smile. But the lady will look like she's 24 years old.

My painting is not going to be a detailed study. But, just a suggestion of what the first Mona Lisa paimtomg probably looked like.

Louvre dimension 30"x21", Mine 18"x24" maybe larger.

I shorten the nose a hare.....

These are the dress colors I am thinking of using..Maybe use a bright pink than the red.

On closer inspection, that's hair not a hat. IMHO, hair looks better on her. Final version with red or pink on hair band and sleaves The silks will also be color shift changing. See here

Her husband was a silk merchant. The Green will become both green and gold.


Lighter colors

I can't get folds on dress right from the sketch. Raphel is kinda suggestive on this.It's just a quick pen sketch. So I will try to hire a Renaissance model to dress up.

The white top looks like it is pleaded. I doubt if it goes straight across like Raphel shows.

If not will hire someone to sew up a gown and than put it on a mannequin. I don't need a full dress just the front part. to stick on a manaquin. Actually, a lot of artists use to paint the clothing off of mannequins.

I have been researching Renaissance dresses. I have decided the dress must be silk andnot. Ms Lisa's husdbsand was a silk merchant and she would have wanted to show off the family stock. Also the reflections off of silk are\ a lot different from cotton or velvet.

They did have white silk back then but the white dye was toxic. Ms Lisa lived a long time so the top will be white pleated cotton and not silk.

I found this webpage on Re-creating Mona Lisa’s clothes

However, this webpage is doing the Louvre's older version. Raphael's sketch shows a more youthful Lisa and probably would and she have been in bright color silks since her husband was a silk merchant and they lived near Leonardo's father.

A full size head study will be next. I am Looking for a 24-22 yaar old or less, Italian,female, dark hair, dark eyes, and a dimple here.

I am working on head studies without a model.

Raphel sketch shows Lisa with a dimple chin. I don't think Lisa had such a big dimple like that. IMOHO, it was probably more subltle dimple, like these.

Remember Rhapel's ink sketch wase just a quick compy. This is probably just another error by Raphel.

I may go with these lighter colors. They are softer and more p[astelish. Although back in the 15th c a darker blue would have been used. The blue color was made from ground up Lapis lazuli. This is a precisous stone that came comming from Afghanistan over the Silk Road. The more blue you had in your painting the more bragging rights your patron had.

Looks like i don't have to turn Raphel's lisa's head too much look at the sight lines I drew in. It has to be turned in slightly to make her monther bigger for that mysterious smile which is a eye peripheral smile. A peripheral smile is when you look directly it is not a smile, but if you look out of your left periperal vision she is smiling.

According to Cotte (12 scan guy) the first painting under the Louvre's painting shows a different pose. Leonard had to rotate the face 9 degrees. The eyes are also marked with small "x"

If i leave it as is the peripheral smile may not work as her mouth its too small as is. I may even have to turn Ms Lisa's head more to get more mouth as Leonardo did a 9 degree turn.

7-5-20 I will clean up Rsphsel's sketch a little.


Thinking about the picture size. The Louvre size is 30" x 21" I usually use 24" x 18" paper for pastel portraits