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The Smile of Mona Lisa

Make a smile. Give a Smile. Receive a Smile.

A model design of Leyla Torres

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Folding Mona Lisa’s smile brings me joy.

Such a precious fleeting treasure helps us through the rough spots of the day.

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Leonardo undertook to execute, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife…the nose, with its beautiful nostrils, rosy and tender, appeared to be alive. The mouth with its opening, and with its ends united by the red of the lips to the flesh-tints of the face, seemed, in truth, to be not [color] but flesh. In the pit of the throat, if one gazed upon it intently, could be seen the beating of the pulse…Mona Lisa being very beautiful, while [Leonardo] was painting her portrait, retained those who played or sang, and continually jested, who would make her to remain merry…” Giorgio Vasari

For more information about this painting visit The Mona Lisa Foundation

See also: The powerful health benefits of smiling

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2 thoughts on “The Smile of Mona Lisa”

  1. I love to recieve your e-mails and to try to do the new works you send. Thank you Leyla, and I send you a big smile!


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