mona lisa’s smile

 

theory 1:

my son says

it was the only

smile she could

muster after sitting

for four years and

the painter still said

“it’s not finished”.

 

theory 2:

i think maybe

Lisa stifled a giggle

as she changed her

pose ever so slightly

to watch Leonardo

squint and frown

behind his easel.

Image

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Jun 08, 2015 @ 07:14:42

    Ha, this made me smile! To me, the “smile” looks more like a grimace.

    Reply

  2. kanzensakura
    Jun 06, 2015 @ 20:58:49

    I like these theories. Many art “experts say she is not really smiling, that is placement of shadows….whatever, it was a pleasure to make her acquaintance in the Louvre…I like the Bell’s Palsy comment above…could be!!!! 🙂

    Reply

  3. Sumana Roy
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 23:13:44

    May be your sons are right…but love both theories 🙂

    Reply

  4. X (@Xpoet73)
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 21:12:51

    Ha. I think you may be onto something here. I think your sons theory is totally solid, but I like that she might have been playing a trick moving just a bit. Maybe that was the magic that came to be in the painting.

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  5. Vagrant Rhodia
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 20:12:10

    I love these theories! Why should something be simply one certain thing?

    Reply

  6. Glenn Buttkus
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 17:17:24

    Maybe she had crooked rotten teeth, or maybe even De Vinci could not penetrate the mystery of her lack of self-love, or maybe, as theorists suggest, it is De Vinci himself that posed for it in a mirror, the first of the transgender triumphs .

    Reply

  7. Madeleine Begun Kane (@MadKane)
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 16:10:31

    I like your whimsical, funny take on that painting.

    Reply

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 15:28:07

    Oh so much better than the theory that she had toothache.. Love the first one

    Reply

  9. Linda Kruschke
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 15:02:34

    I think either theory is a valid one. 😉

    Reply

  10. Desmond, Anthony (@iamEPanthony)
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 14:37:56

    I’ll go for 2! a lil giggle whilst changing poses sounds about right aye!

    Reply

  11. katiemiafrederick
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 14:30:27

    Theory of mind.. is an art mine.. ah.. to pleasure..
    is to guess.. or pain.. of pan’O’mind.:)

    Reply

  12. Grace
    Jun 05, 2015 @ 11:19:45

    I will go with the first theory, smiles ~

    Reply

  13. Angie Vik
    Oct 28, 2013 @ 03:35:20

    Very fun. Maybe she had Bells Palsy and couldn’t move her lips any other way.

    Reply

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