La Gioconda

Image: da Vinci, Leonardo, Mona Lisa (1503-1506). Oil on wood. 77 x 53 cm. © The Louvre Museum, Paris, 1518. 1st floor, room 6

Leonardo da Vinci

The Louvre
 

HISTORIC, side-long, implicating eyes ; 
A smile of velvet's lustre on the cheek ; 
Calm lips the smile leads upward ; hand that lies 
Glowing and soft, the patience in its rest 
Of cruelty that waits and doth not seek 
For prey ; a dusky forehead and a breast 
Where twilight touches ripeness amorously : 
Behind her, crystal rocks, a sea and skies 
Of evanescent blue on cloud and creek ; 
Landscape that shines suppressive of its zest 
For those vicissitudes by which men die. 

Leonardo da Vinci

The Louvre
 

HISTORIC, side-long, implicating eyes ;
A smile of velvet's lustre on the cheek ; 
Calm lips the smile leads upward ; hand that lies 
Glowing and soft, the patience in its rest 
Of cruelty that waits and doth not seek 
For prey ; a dusky forehead and a breast 
Where twilight touches ripeness amorously : 
Behind her, crystal rocks, a sea and skies 
Of evanescent blue on cloud and creek ; 
Landscape that shines suppressive of its zest 
For those vicissitudes by which men die. 

 

 

 

Image: da Vinci, Leonardo, Mona Lisa (1503-1506). Oil on wood. 77 x 53 cm. © The Louvre Museum, Paris, 1518. 1st floor, room 6