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Old 01-30-2019, 10:55 AM
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What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

Does anyone know what Leonardo used for the Mona Lisa's underpainting?

A verdaccio, or a grisaille, or something else?

I'm going to try painting it to test out my abilities (and patience!)

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:44 AM
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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

It is claimed that Leonardo carried the Mona Lisa around with him for years, working on it from time to time, and never having considered it to be finished.

I'm not sure even HE would have remembered the exact way he began his underpainting, but I wish you the best of luck in your quest for that information. Many of us would like to know that, I'm sure.

My guess: a rather Raw Umber sort of "rough-in".
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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

Hi Anthony and Bill,

Here's an interesting article on reconstructing the Mona Lisa:

https://journals.openedition.org/cer...828#tocfrom2n2

I think the meat of it starts at paragraph 19.


In short: Shadowed part ~ Umber, then halftones/lit parts of face Lead White/ Vermilion 100:1 mixing ratio.


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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

The author discusses the detailed and painstaking method used by the painter at each step of the creation of the painting to obtain sfumato effect.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:52 AM
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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.

In the end I just used a raw umber. I might experiment more with different colors, though, in the future.

I then decided to imagine what the original colors might have been like, drawing more from the Prado Mona Lisa and Jenness Cortez's Mona Lisa.

All in all, it's been good practice!



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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

Wow, that looks wonderful!
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Re: What was the underpainting for the Mona Lisa?

My first thought: The Mona Lisa, Wow did you pick a difficult painting to reproduce. All i kept thinking when reading the comments is I hope he posts an image of the finished piece... and you did! It looks beautiful. You should keep that one in the family. Thank for sharing
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