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Unformatted text preview: As with Leonardo's other major mural, the Last Supper, technical problems doomed this painting to failure. It deteriorated very quickly, and the painter abandoned it in 1505, long before it was completed. The only records we have of it are a few of Leonardo's sketches and copies done by other artists, such as this one by Rubens. Rubens's style shows through in the copy; and thus it should not be taken as a completely accurate representation of Leonardo's original. Even though Leonardo often designed machines of war, he often spoke of war's beastliness; he meant the Battle of Anghiari to illustrate its horrors. Most critics agree that Leonardo began work on the Mona Lisa while he was still in Florence, probably around 1505. The famous debate around the painting's subject has raged for years: recently, some have used computer technology to compare the portrait...
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
- Fall '10