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Behind Mona Lisa by Anthony McCracken

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This isn’t a nod to any code that might be hidden in Leonardo Da Vinci’s classic work. This is a nod to Da Vinci himself but to me it’s mostly about appreciating the freedom of artistic freedom artists can enjoy this day and age.

To me this sketch of mine is using his conventional, professional side of Da Vinci’s life to hide some of his true interests and passions. He had to secretly study anatomy, he sketched inventions and ideas that he had to hide from public. Who knows what this genius would have been able to accomplish in this time.

The Mona Lisa is a wonderful piece by him, but what has always fascinated me about him was his thinking, his curiosity and his passion for exploring. He didn’t accept the answers given to him. What people mostly saw were his portraits, what seemed to be truly interesting to him was hidden. I appreciate how freely people can now express themselves and I deeply sympathize with those who find themselves restricted and stifled. Included in the piece is “Liberta,” the Italian word for “freedom” written in the style of Da Vinci’s handwriting. I wanted to imagine if Mona Lisa was done in his sketch books, what might be near the revered portrait?

This was created with ballpoint pen on light paper.

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Born in Northern California, I’ve made and studied art most of my life and my favorite things to make are from darker tones and subjects. Since I was very young I’ve pushed myself through requests, so feel free to ask me for a personal work.

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  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 1 year ago

    Amazing work Anthony interesting text also what is behind the most famous Mona Lisa because I read somewhere that some people think that in reality he painted a man disguised as Mona Lisa-who knows i am sure it is just theory….

  • Thanks so much!! Glad you like it!! That is an interesting theory, for sure. Some books (even recent ones) still say so much of it including her identity is a mystery and then some recent books explain who she is based off records and a journal from his apprentice. I’ve always been interested in it, but what has always interested me most is the artist himself. Such a fascinating man he was. Thanks again for the comment!! :)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 1 year ago

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!.
    You have been featured in “THE PEN & INK CORNER”

  • Thanks SO much for the feature, Lisa!!! I deeply appreciate the support :))))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!!!

    Your VISIONARY Creation is on DISPLAY Here

  • Thanks so very much for the feature!!! I really appreciate the support and encouragement!! :)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Congratulations on your feature nicely done and presented

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  • Thanks so much!!! You’re very kind, thank you :)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Love this

  • Thank you!! :D

    – Anthony McCracken

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 1 year ago


    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in Finks of Inks!

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Lisa!!!

    – Anthony McCracken

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 1 year ago

    Wonderful Artist you are,…..I like your thoughts about Leonardo,…..
    Yes !,…….We all have more freedom now then they do just a few years ago,…

  • Thanks so much, John, I really appreciate that, esp from someone as talented as you are :-) Meeting fellow artists on RB is just another example of the freedom of expression I cherish so much. Thanks again!! :)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Excellent interpretation. Loved your description, so well written!!! Yes, what might he have accomplished today?

  • Thanks so much, Angie!! I appreciate that and am glad you like it!! :-)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!! Very lovely lines!!

  • Thank you so much!! Really appreciate that!! :)))

    – Anthony McCracken

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 1 year ago

    Fantastic work

  • Thanks so much, Joy!! :-)))

    – Anthony McCracken

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