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The Mystery and Intrigue of the Mona Lisa Celebrated as One of Our Art Themed Tables

Posted On 08/07/2018 By Shawn Larson

mona lisa table - da vinciWe feature the painting of The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci on our Mona Lisa Table Top. The classic art table is probably the most notable design featured on our classic art table tops.

Since the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci is probably one of the most well-known paintings in the world, both by art connoisseurs and everyday people alike, it was the first art table top concept Café Table Tops thought about manufacturing. The painting is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, however, there have been those that have felt the painting was from someone else, even maybe himself, Da Vinci, as a woman.

The painting has been widely speculated to be painted between 1503 and 1506; however, Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. That being said new scholarly theories suggest that it was painted after 1513.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is known commonly as Leonardo da Vinci or just Da Vinci / DaVinci. That being said, the truth is that Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was not his birth name. Shelley Esaak explains in her article, “What Was Leonardo's Name?”

“Leonardo's full name at birth was simply Leonardo. As an illegitimate child, he was fortunate that his father, Ser Piero, acknowledged him and let him be known as Leonardo di ser Piero. (Ser Piero was a bit of ladies' man, it seems. Leonardo was his eldest child, begat of Caterina, a servant girl. Ser Piero went on to become a notary, marry four times and sire nine more sons and two daughters.)”
“When he became an apprentice, in order to distinguish himself from other various Tuscan Leonardo’s in 15th-century Florence, and because he had his father's blessing to do so, Leonardo was known as ‘Leonardo da Vinci., When he traveled beyond the Republic of Florence to Milan, he often referred to himself as ‘Leonardo the Florentine.’ But "Leonardo da Vinci" continued to stick with him, whether he wanted it to or not.”

Da Vinci created a legacy through his intellect, accomplishments, and lifestyle unmatched by my many. He was not only a famous painter but also an amazing inventor among other things as noted herein Wikipedia:

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci (Italian: [leoˈnardo da (v)ˈvintʃi] ( listen); 15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.[1] Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachutehelicopter, and tank,[2][3][4] his genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the "Universal Genius" or "Renaissance Man", an individual of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination".[5] According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote".[5] Marco Rosci, however, notes that while there is much speculation regarding his life and personality, his view of the world was logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unorthodox for his time.[6] - Wikipedia

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For this reason, books and books have been written about Da Vinci and the Mona Lisa. Relatively recently it was made into a book and subsequently movie; The Da Vinci Code. The book is a suspense mystery book that incorporates conspiracy theories. The reality the intelligence and ingenuity and intrigue of Da Vinci have led to all kinds of crazy theories including aliens, Jesus being married to Mary Magdalen, secret societies and even the prediction of 9-11 from Da Vinci’s paintings.

Many of the conspiracies theories started once the portrait gained increased notoriety when the painting was stolen and the story behind the theft.

“In 1911, an Italian employee at the Louvre, Vincenzo Perugia, stole the Mona Lisa by slipping the painting under his clothing in the middle of the night and simply walking out of the museum the next day. The location of the famous artwork remained unknown until 1913, when Perugia contacted Italian art dealer Alfredo Geri offering to bring the Mona Lisa to Florence in exchange for a reward from the Italian government. Apparently, Perugia believed that the painting had been stolen from Florence by Napoleon and that he was doing his patriotic duty by returning it to its true home in Italy.”

With its intrigue and popularity, The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at $100 million in 1962,[2] which is worth nearly $800 million in 2017.[3]

This is good news for you.  With the popularity of the Mona Lisa painting, having it on a table top in your restaurant, coffee shop or school classroom is sure to get people’s attention, making your destination the talk of the town.  Since the price of the table tops will only run you between a couple hundred dollars to $450 depending on the size you won’t have to worry about international thieves trying to steal it or having to get an insurance policy for a billion dollars. By the way as part of our own conspiracy on the Mona Lisa, check out its parity with the Mocha Lisa table.


References and Citations
  • Topic: Davinci and Aliens | History Channel
  • Shelley Esaak | What Was Leonardo's Name
  • Conspiracy and Biblical Cannon | Catholic Education
  • The Mystery of the Mona Lisa | Lynn Brown - Jstor Daily
  • Wikipedia - Mona Lisa
  • Wikipedia - Leonardo da Vinci
  • About The Author: Shawn Larson
    Owner of Cafe Table Tops
    Shawn Larson is the owner and operator of Lite House Media that runs several coffee oriented websites including CafeTableTops.com. He has also been the managing editor for two local newspapers and is also has done content writing for several websites.
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