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Mona Lisa and Her Mysteries
"Some questions, suitably reverent I hope, about the world's most famous painting."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Popular tradition favours the idea that the "Mona Lisa" was painted in which Italian city?
How is the lady in the picture posing?
leaning against a window-sill
sitting in an armchair by a window
sitting on a sofa in front of a portrait
standing in front of a tapestry
How did the "Mona Lisa" first arrive in France?
It was stolen by French soldiers
It was ordered by Francis I for the Louvre
It was bought by Louis XII and taken there by his men
Leonardo carried it there himself
By what name is the "Mona Lisa" usually known in Italy?
La Donna Lisa
La Donna da Firenze
Which Italian writer of the mid-sixteenth century is responsible for the belief that the "Mona Lisa" was the third wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a rich Florentine merchant?
Which French writer, who spent thirty years of his life in prison, described the "Mona Lisa" painting as "the very essence of femininity"?
Alfred de Musset
the Marquis de Sade
What did Oscar Wilde have to say about the "Mona Lisa"?
The man who could command this woman could command the world
A mystery wrapped in an enigma
The picture reveals to us a secret of which, in truth, it knows nothing
The unassailable in pursuit of the ineffable
What did Sigmund Freud, rejecting the identity of the Florentine lady, suggest about the "Mona Lisa" painting?
It is the portrait of a peasant girl dressed as a lady
It is a portrait of the Roman goddess Venus
It is an idealised portrait of Leonardo's dead mother
It is a self-portrait of Leonardo in drag
Who famously, in the interests of modern art, drew a moustache and goatee beard onto the image of the "Mona Lisa"?
Which one of the following *never* used the Mona Lisa image in their creative work?
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Compiled Jul 26 12