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La Belle Ferronniere
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Dinesh said:

Leonardo was then deeply immersed in his scientific study of how light varies according to the angle at which it strikes a curved surface, and his notebooks are filled with carefully measured and annotated diagrams. No painter captured so perfectly how shadows and highlights on a face can make it appear three dimensional and perfectly modeled . . . .

In this portrait, Leonardo also continued to experiment with his haunting method of creating a stare or gaze that seems to follow a viewer around a room. This ‘Mono Lisa effect’ is not magical; it simply comes from drawing a realistic set of eyes staring directly at the viewer with proper perspective, shading, and modeling. But Leonardo discovered that the effect works best when the gaze is intense and the eyes slightly off-kilter, thus making it more noticeable. He was refining the technique he had used in ‘Ginevera de’ Benci.’ stare seems slightly averted and distant, until you look at each eye individually and directly; then you see that each of its own way is looking at you. ~ Page 247


Figure 14.  Ginevra de' Benci
12 months ago

Dinesh said:

LEONARDO DA VINCI
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sea-herdorf said:

Leonardo - ein großer Meister seines Faches, Dinesh.
Schöne Grüße und einen guten Abend
Erich
12 months ago ( translate )

Ecobird said:

Beautifully captured and interesting information Dinesh
Have a lovely evening
12 months ago ( translate )

J. Gafarot said:

Wonderful...
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Roger (Grisly) said:

She looks to be very stern, interesting information
12 months ago