‘Mona Lisa’;the greatest mystery created by man so far?

India
February 26, 2011 11:46pm CST
What in your opinion is the greatest mystery created by man so far in the world? To me, it is nothing but the painting of ‘Mona Lisa’. Years after years man has tried to find out the cause behind the smiling face of ‘Mona Lisa’. Reels of paper have been used to explain what caused ‘Mona Lisa’ to smile in such a way. But none could satisfy the scholars. Thus the mystery remains unsolved till now. So, I think it to be the greatest mystery created by man so far in the history of human civilization. Do you agree or would you cite any other example?
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@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
1 Mar 11
The Mona Lisa is not a mystery, it is a painting, probably DaVinci was the model of this painting, sort of a self portrait. There are many mysteries in this world, the pyramids, StoneHenge, Aliens, UFO's and the list goes on and on. Life is a mystery. No I do not agree that the Mona Lisa is a mystery.
@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
1 Mar 11
I think one of the great mysteries of the world is Voynich manuscript's(named after Wilfrid Michael Voynich, who discovered the manuscript in 1912) is an enigmatic manuscript, yet indecipherable, which is not known and neither the author nor the date of publishing. It takes the form of a book illustrated with 232 pages. The text is written in letters and words identified, without mistakes, cuts or corrections.The drawings in turn are made with less endeavor. They are plants,people, animals and astronomical themes.Such plants were also unable to identify them. There are many theories on the meaning and destination of the Voynich manuscript, one of them would be that the document is served with one for pharmaceutical purposes, most likely as a textbook in medicine early. No alchemy version is not bad, as long as for a long time, it was thought that the information provided in the manuscript leading to transformation of metals into gold or discovery Philosopher's Stone. No pseudoscientific theories not hesitate to show, many enthusiasts are convinced cryptography Voynich manuscript is no more nor less, than an instruction manual left to mankind by an alien race. A mysterious writing in an unknown script and no correspondence in history, images of plants exist on earth, zodiac signs and complex female figures bathing in the pools is shapeless, filled with a strange liquid - these are just some of the elements,which led the researchers to declare the Voynich manuscript as the most bizarre document ever discovered.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
28 Feb 11
I don't see anything misterious about that. Each different person has a different facial expression, and that was that person's facial expression. Also, in the paintings of that time people tended to look kind of stiff and not to smile much, but just in a small smirk. Probably they didn't really look like that but it was the painter's fault.
@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
28 Feb 11
Hi DoctorDidi, Yup,i agree to the fact that Mona Lisa,is one of the biggest mysteries mankind has ever faced.There are others too,like for example,the pyramids of egypt,the bermuda triangle,etc.,.Sure enough,some mysteries might be myths and misbeliefs,but they've baffled us for generations and still continue to do so.
@celticeagle (118286)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Feb 11
I think that architecture is the greatest of mysteries. How did they build the huge buildings in ROme and Egypt and such? It is amazing how a large ceiling can come down to a dome circle opening. It is simply amazing! I love architecture and love to see the wonders around the world thanks to the internet.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I think they put to much thought and studying into the Mona Lisa. I think it a great work of art, nothing else! It is not a mystery! there is more important things to study then the Mona Lisa! The Mona Lisa has been over studied!
@LeighB (700)
• Thailand
27 Feb 11
Is the Mona Lisa smilling? Some say she is ans some that she isn't. A lot of it depends on the distance you view it from and whether you are full on or side on. The paintings right side has a slight turned up mouth giving the appearance of a smile but the left side has more of a stern unsmiling mouth. But is this really the greatest mystery in the world? For me not, When I saw this painting hanging in the Louvre I was really disapointed by its size and appearance. My top 5 mysteries of the world, would have to include - the Pyramids of Gaza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the lost city of Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge. I couldn't say which I would put at number 1 as they all hold a fascination for different reasons. But surely these hold a bigger mystery to man than the fact of is the Mona Lisa smiling or not. If she is what is she smiling at. For me no mystery here.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
27 Feb 11
The greatest mystery to me is whether or not The story of Jesus is truth or fiction. All we really have to go on is Faith, and faith alone does not do it for me! I believe its all a Scam, albeit the Greatest Scam ever devised! And it has made the Pope the richest man ever to walk on the earth! Does this please God?
27 Feb 11
i agree with you DoctorDidi, it is nothing but the painting of ‘Mona Lisa’.. and i think people become crazy with that thing.. as far as i know this is only a simple smile not more..
• India
27 Feb 11
I personally think Mona Lisa is not the greatest mystery of mankind. The thing is that west has a very old habit of publicizing their even smallest discovery and neglecting east's fundamental and basic discoveries and mysteries. I acknowledge that its among worlds best paintings but its not as much mystery as told. It is the work of researchers who don't have time for constructive research projects, they only worry to reveal the mystery which never existed.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
27 Feb 11
I find it really mysterious and intriguing, the guy was a real genious! It's said he was with Monalisa under his arms all the time, the paint I mean, that maybe Monalisa is him and he wrote 'LD' in her eyes, plus numbers. Isn't that really fascinating? I think he was ahead of his time.
@kindas (44)
• China
27 Feb 11
What i think is that probably Da Vinci didn't want to imply anything when he drew the smile himself. Salvador Dali, a famous abstract artist once said that he just paints, it's the viewers who do all the interpretations and messages. He once drew a painting of a clock that looked like melting cheese. Everbody thought of something in terms of " Time is running out", but Salvador Dali actually didn't think of that, he himself said :" I just drawed cheese". So what i want to say is that in my opinion even Da Vinci doesn;t know the answer himself. I also think that there is no greatest mystery, since they can;t be measured against each other, but I am strongly interested in physical mysteries, like how the "nothing" can be described in physical terms and if energy can not be created nor destroyed, then how did it appear in first place?
@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
27 Feb 11
I don't agree.I think the greatest mystery are the pyramids of Giza and the Stone Henge. Monalisa is just a paining. And the artist just do what he wants to do with it, with or WITHOUT explanation. I can paint a smiling girl too without telling anyone why, but that won't be the world's greatest mystery..
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
27 Feb 11
Would Da Vinci the only one who created this painting, and he should be one know the ultimate answer right? No one would know why she smile that way. But why is that important to so many people though? Because we don't know why she smile that way that simple?