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Mona Lisa and the NRC

Friday, January 12th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Mona Lisa and the NRC

So, while at a first glance, this may just look like an article about the “Mona Lisa,” you’ll be surprised at the depth at which you’ll get to explore this famous painting. The National Research Council of Canada has delved deeply into this painting’s layers to shed some light on its many mysteries. Using their 3D laser, they have produced an amazing scan of this painting, which can be analyzed and studied to better understand Leonardo’s Sfumato style of painting he used when creating the “Mona Lisa.”

There is a text box near the bottom of the page that goes into more detail about the Sfumato style of painting used by Leonardo, something that has baffled experts. There are no brush strokes on the “Mona Lisa,” implying that a brush wasn’t used, as well as, no fingerprints, so he didn’t use his fingers to paint it either.

The article talks extensively about the 3D laser and how it will be used in other projects, such as making space exploration safer to improving the quality of animation in Hollywood, along with how it was used in the research of the “Mona Lisa.”

Are you ready to explore the Mona Lisa yourself? Well, you have two options, which you will find in the middle of the page under the heading of “Explore the ‘Mona Lisa.'” You can choose between the HTML or Flash versions.

HTML – This will be the choice way to explore for those of you with slower connections. You can choose the view you want to see from the menu to the right of the painting.

Flash – You will need a flash player to view the results this way, which you can get here. This is the interactive version of the results. It’s not laid out as straightforward as the HTML version, but it’s interesting and fun, nonetheless. Click around the portions on the right to view the different results.

Well, so far you’ve delved into the mystery of the “Mona Lisa.” What else are you going to do today?!…monalisa_e.html

~ Amanda

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