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