▲ Up
 
06:40 26-07-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Art historian from U.S. reckons he's solved secret of Mona Lisa's smile

Bishkek (AKIpress) - mona Amateur art historian from Texas William Varvel reckons he's solved the mystery of the Mona Lisa's smile, five centuries after it was immortalized by Leonardo da Vinci, The Local reported.

In a book “The Lady Speaks: Uncovering the Secrets of the Mona Lisa”, Mr. Varvel argues that La Gioconda was a 16th-century feminist who favored a greater role for women in the Catholic church.

“La Gioconda was trying to get people to see that the New Jerusalem would be here as soon as you recognize women's theological rights,” the historian believes. “La Gioconda may be a grand statement for women's rights.”

History remembers the Mona Lisa as Lisa del Giocondo, a mother of five born into an aristocratic Florentine family whose husband, a cloth and silk merchant, commissioned the portrait.

Da Vinci, who had already painted The Last Supper for a Dominican convent, toiled on the oil-on-poplar painting from 1503 to 1506 and perhaps several years after.

In his 180-page book that's not always an easy read, William Varvel explains that, in the course of his career, Da Vinci had painted “each and every verse” of the final chapter of the Old Testament's book of Zechariah, which anticipates the rise of an ideal society within a New Jerusalem.

He did so, Varvel contends, “in order to state that women's rights to the priesthood should be recognized.”

What's more, the author said, “Leonardo constructed and placed a total of 40 separate symbols taken from chapter 14 into the background, middle ground and foreground of the composition of the Mona Lisa.”


Twitterfacebookprint
15:44 10.03.2014
LATEST NEWS
17:38 Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia set up diplomatic relations17:35 Uzbekistan beats Iraq 2-1 in friendly match17:31 Uzbek delegation to visit Saudi Arabia17:23 Issyk-Kul regional governor tasks owners of public caterings in Boom Gorge to improve service17:19 Turkmenistan to redportedly host summit on Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project17:15 Turkmenistan, Iran to extradite prisoners in near future17:02 National Statistics Committee explains reason for 20% decline in industrial production in Kyrgyzstan16:31 State budget revenues make more than $900 mln in H1 2016 in Kyrgyzstan16:10 3 brigades of taxi drivers serve large number of people crossing Kyrgyz-Kazakh border in Talas everyday15:53 Kyrgyz film enters competition program of SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival in Japan15:43 FAO might allocate $400,000 for development of Tajikistan's national food security strategy15:19 New chairman of State Service for Combating Economic Crimes of Kyrgyzstan named14:54 Emergency Ministry says it is taking all necessary steps to prevent flooding of residential areas14:36 Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice offers to oblige foreigners and stateless persons to pass biometric data registration14:14 Kyrgyzstan's Education Ministry seeks to organize summer vacation for 400 teachers for over $30,00014:00 Two pupils from Kyrgyzstan win 3rd place at International Biology Olympiad in Vietnam13:47 Nearly $40,000 allocated for Kyrgyz Higher Attestation Commission since beginning of 201613:41 Rahmon signs law amending Tajikistan's Constitution13:12 Rio 2016: WADA criticises IOC for failing to ban Russian team13:04 Kazakh man hitting people on water scooter on Issyk-Kul released as victims refuse to complain
Astana
+25° C
Ashgabat
+40° C
Bishkek
+33° C
Dushanbe
+34° C
Tashkent
+40° C
Ulaanbaatar
+24° C
exchange rates
 
74.00
67.09
10.06
1.04
376.55
341.51
51.19
5.30
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.84
3.50
0.52
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75