Slave by Michelangelo. 1513-1516 Paris, Louvre. Did you know: The slave's left wrist is strapped to the back of the neck, and there is a band around his chest. A monkey, only partially carved, grasps his left shin, representing either art as mere "aping" (mimesis) or suggesting earthly passions. The artist and work were influenced by the late BC Rhodian sculpture Laocoön and His Sons.
Leonardo da Vinci, 'Mona Lisa'. It’s easy to forget that this is a portrait of a real living woman by a real living man. Mona Lisa reached such colossal fame because she seems to be alive. Her eyes follow us around the room and the warmth of life exudes from beneath her radiant skin. Her expression changes between contentment and deep sadness. Leonardo achieved this by blurring the lines around the corners of her eyes and mouth, a technique called sfumato, meaning ‘gone up in smoke’. 27 Jun 2012