Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)
Leonardo da Vinci
The Mona Lisa is the most famous portrait, and arguably the most famous painting. By today's standards, she would not be considered "cosmetically" beautiful, but her expression still speaks to us from 510 years ago. Da Vinci captured her perfectly. He was also not able to paint her hands correctly, and if you look closely, you can see where he has made a couple of attempts to correct the position of her fingers on her left hand. To me, that gives the painting a human touch -- no pun intended. But her face is what draws the eye. The words most used to describe her are enigmatic and mysterious. Our faces tell so much about us; a movement of a single muscle can change our expressions and convey a message to the people observing us.
Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by human faces. Like snowflakes, no two faces are alike, but sometimes they can be very close. Last weekend when I was watching all the celebrities
Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain
Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan
Julia Roberts and Steven Tyler
James Marsden and Rachel McAdams
If they ever married and had children, their kids would look just like both parents.
The next time you're standing in line at the supermarket, or in a crowd of people anywhere, check out people's faces. They're fascinating and amazing, and you will always find someone who look just like someone else.