There is this girl. Her name is Lisa. She is captivating and I’ve admired her for a long time. Donna is vaguely aware of my interest in Lisa but she let’s it go. I have gone on websites to read about Lisa. And there was one occasion some years ago when our paths actually crossed. It was in Paris. There she was. And I stood. Watching her. For quite a while. From about thirty feet away. Lisa’s last name is Gherardini.
I guess I’m not the only guy in the world who has had a special interest in Lisa. You see Lisa Gherardini is — the Mona Lisa.
Lisa – the young wife of Francesco del Gioconda – was painted by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) between 1503 and 1506. However Leonardo – who claimed he “never completed a single work” – continued to refine Lisa after he moved to France. He may have applied the final touches of paint in 1516 or 1517.
After Leonardo’s death, the painting was purchased by Francis I of France. Louis XIV moved Lisa to the Palace of Versailles – and after the Revolution, Lisa was placed in the Louvre. In 1911, Lisa was stolen by a Louvre employee – Vincenzo Peruggia – who felt that Lisa should be returned to Italy. Peruggia’s theft was discovered two years later when he tried to sell Lisa to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. There have been several attempts to deface Lisa – but she continues smiling seductively – behind layers of bulletproof glass.
The aesthetics of da Vinci’s painting are nuanced. Lisa is sitting upright with hands folded in a reserved attitude. There is an imaginary landscape behind Lisa which introduces for the first time an “aerial perspective.” Lisa is considered the most famous painting in the world. And the most valuable – with an estimated worth of $782,000,000. I can’t wait to cross paths with her again. . . . .