The Smile of Mona Lisa

It’s almost the end of another year and 2021 just flew by! I don’t know about you, but each year seems to move by faster and faster. I just want to put on the brakes!

The year had its challenges and some situations were more challenging than others. Folding Mona Lisa’s smile, and making this video brought me joy, and smiles of my own. Such small satisfactions–and a tangible and creative reminder of the powerful health benefits of smiling–as this are some of the blessings that helped me through the rougher spots.

We are lucky, you and I, to have the gifts that origami brings us. Unending creative challenges and a community to share with and learn from are among those gifts. I’m sure you can think of others.

My wish for all, in 2022, is that it’s a year that brings us more joy, greater health, lasting peace, general prosperity, deep satisfaction, and many many smiles.

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

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