Gioconda’s Landscape


Did you ever seen Monnalisa (or Gioconda), the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, exposed in the Louvre Museum in Paris? If you don’t remember it take a look at the Louvre website, at her picture.
Mona Lisa, the woman in the portrait, was born in Greve in Chianti, in the palace of Vignamaggio, and in 1495 married Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanoli del Giocondo, which is why she was called “Gioconda”.

Monnalisa This month I’d like to propose to you to discover the landscape painted in back of Monna Lisa; if you take a look to the images you can see, into the circle, a bridge across the river on the right of painting – it’s Ponte a Buriano, a bridge of XI century on Arno river, 8 Km from Arezzo toward the north-west. During his work Leonardo da Vinci painted the bridge from a little hill 70 meters high and about 2 km away from the site, where there was a castle.

The Arno Valley between Florence and Arezzo has a very strange landscape – peacks, pinnacles, crags and canyons of clay and send, colored from yellow and brown to gray, which you can see very well by the Intercity trains going from Florence to Arezzo or Rome; the rocky landscape behind the Gioconda is this region, called “Calanchi del Valdarno”, well known by Leonardo, who also painted it behind the Vierge in the “Vergine delle Rocce”, which is also in the Louvre Museum.

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