Look at this:
And when you move your mouse over the expressions quickly, she spazzes out
I read in the Da Vinci Code that the Mona Lisa is smiling because she knows a secret no one else knows (that she's a transvetite).
It was in a book, so it must be true, eh ParkerD?
One theory behind the Mona Lisa I'd heard long ago was that the model was in fact Leonardo himself. And looking at some of those expressions gives some validity to that idea
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I respect the Mona Lisa. and have nothing but absolute love for Da Vinci. But. I personally don't "like" the mona lisa. I'm not sure why, but I always get an uneasy feeling everytime I see it. A REALLY uneasy feeling.
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The United States desire to return to the moon is driven by the fact we have to go back and get the real copy of the Mona Lisa off of the moon before the Chinese get there and expose us! That's the real reason all of the lunar landers now being developed so much bigger than the Apollo ones. They have to carry the real copy of the Mona Lisa back to the Louve.
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"The presence that rose thus so strangely beside the waters, is expressive of what in the ways of a thousand years men had come to desire. Hers is the head upon which all "the ends of the world are come," and the eyelids are a little weary. It is a beauty wrought out from within upon the flesh, the deposit, little cell by cell, of strange thoughts and fantastic reveries and exquisite passions. Set it for a moment beside one of those white Greek goddesses or beautiful women of antiquity, and how would they be troubled by this beauty, into which the soul with all its maladies has passed! All the thoughts and experience of the world have etched and moulded there, in that which they have of power to refine and make expressive the outward form, the animalism of Greece, the lust of Rome, the mysticism of the middle age with its spiritual ambition and imaginative loves, the return of the Pagan world, the sins of the Borgias. She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times, and learned the secrets of the grave; and has been a diver in deep seas, and keeps their fallen day about her; and trafficked for strange webs with Eastern merchants: and, as Leda, was the mother of Helen of Troy, and, as Saint Anne, the mother of Mary; and all this has been to her but as the sound of lyres and flutes, and lives only in the delicacy with which it has moulded the changing lineaments, and tinged the eyelids and the hands. The fancy of a perpetual life, sweeping together ten thousand experiences, is an old one; and modern philosophy has conceived the idea of humanity as wrought upon by, and summing up in itself all modes of thought and life. Certainly Lady Lisa might stand as the embodiment of the old fancy, the symbol of the modern idea."Originally Posted by Interceptor
-Walter Pater, The Renaissance (London, 1893)
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The 'merry' expression looks like a facelift gone awry. She definetly knows something we do not indeed.