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The Mona Lisa

written by: eyez2k1ss
 
Find out how much you know about one of the most famous paintings in the world, Mona Lisa -- the woman with the enigmatic smile.

Question 1:


"Mona Lisa" became established as a title for Leonardo da Vinci's most popular painting in the 19th century. What does the word 'mona' in the name of the painting mean?
Mother
Maiden
Madam
Miss

Question 2:


In 1516, this person became the first owner of Mona Lisa after buying it from da Vinci for 4,000 écus.
King François I
Claude of France
King Louis XII
Napoleon I

Question 3:


In the 19th century, the fame of Mona Lisa increased to such an extent that it provoked numerous incidents. Which one of the following did not happen to the painting?
It was hit with a rock.
It was set on fire.
It was doused with acid.
It was stolen from the Louvre.

Question 4:


The original painting Mona Lisa was slightly different from the present painting. What was the difference?
It was higher.
It was wider.
It was lighter in colour.
The subject of the painting was originally a man.

Question 5:


In 1962 Mona Lisa entered the Guinness Book of Records with what record?
The painting with highest insurance value in history.
The best known painting in the history of art.
The painting that was stolen the greatest number of times in history.
The painting seen by the greatest number of people - over 100 million.

Question 6:


The most widely accepted theories about the identity of Mona Lisa state that the woman was married to which of these prominent Italians?
Giosuè Carducci
Giordano Bruno
King François I
Francesco del Giocondo

Question 7:


If you examine the painting Mona Lisa carefully, you'll notice the curious fact that Mona Lisa's face lacks which of these?
Eyebrows
Pupils
Upper lip
Chin

Question 8:


It is known that Mona Lisa was one of the first portraits at that time to depict the subject in front of what kind of background?
Distant
Lighter than the subject
Imaginary
Rural

Question 9:


To achieve Mona Lisa's ambiguous and mystic expression, Leonardo used what painting technique?
Impasto
Grisaille
Glaze
Sfumato

Question 10:


In the popular 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, the protagonist, professor Robert Langdon, claims that Mona Lisa expresses Leonardo's belief in what?
Atheistic principles
Beauty as God's gift
The sacred feminine
Orthodox principles

 


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