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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa ...

In 500 years, do you think people will be talking about anyone or anything done this year? Well, back in 1506, Leonardo da Vinci finished a painting that came to be known as the "Mona Lisa.'' Five centuries later, she's still in the news. This time, it's a report of researchers studying 3-D images who say her enigmatic smile may refer to a pregnancy. Something about a fine veil around her shoulders refers to a garment women of the time wore when they were expecting.

Isn't that amazing? A painting that old still fascinates modern man. She's been the subject of a Nat King Cole song classic and played a key role in the novel/film "The Da Vinci Code,'' among many other cultural references. Talk about longevity!

Maybe it's a tribute to the ambiguity of art. Everything is not all that it seems. And people will ponder it for years to come. Perhaps there's a lesson here for in-your-face communicators: All that bluster won't last five minutes, not to mention five centuries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

500 years? How about 2,000 years?

One Solitary Life

11:28 AM, October 03, 2006  

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