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Contact Lenses

The contact lens, a thin plastic lens worn between the eye and eyelid, usually serves the same general corrective purpose as conventional glasses, but may be worn for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes as well. Leonardo da Vinci is frequently credited with having introduced the general principle of contact lenses, but it was A.E. Fick, a Swiss physician, who made the first, albeit uncomfortable, contact lens in 1887. According to estimates, how many people use contact lenses worldwide? More… Discuss

make music part of your life series: “Mona Lisa” Song by Nat King Cole


Mona Lisa Song by Nat King Cole


The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda).

The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nat King Cole’s song  “Mona Lisa” is an Academy Award-winning song written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the Paramount Pictures film Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950).

The soundtrack version by Nat King Cole spent 8 weeks as
number 1 in the Billboard chart in the USA in 1950.

Also, Cole’s version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1987, it was used as the theme of the British film Mona Lisa. An unaccredited version of Mona Lisa plays in the background of one scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954).

The famous painting: Mona Lisa (also known as La Giaconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo da Vinci throughout the Italian Renaissance.

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The Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa

One of the most famous paintings in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa can be seen at the Louvre museum in Paris, where it is on permanent display. The work’s name was not chosen by the artist; rather, it was derived from a posthumously published biography of da Vinci, which identifies the subject as Lisa, wife of a wealthy Florentine businessman. Still, her identity remains the subject of debate, and theories regarding the owner of the enigmatic smile abound. What are some of them? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Isabella d’Este (1474)

Isabella d’Este (1474)

One of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance, d’Este was a major cultural and political figure. She had a shrewd political acumen and ruled Mantua as regent for her son after the death of her husband. Known as “The First Lady of the World,” she was well-educated, a skilled musician and singer, and a renowned patron of the arts. Her simple style made her a trendsetter, and her fashion was imitated throughout Italy and France. Which artist did she repeatedly ask to paint her portrait? More… Discuss

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452)

Da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, and scientist. His drawings depict subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures

The Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and are rendered with scientific precision and consummate artistry. Included among his works are intricate anatomical studies of humans, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest minds of all time. Why are most of his journals written in mirror-image cursive? More… Discuss

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This Day in History: Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. For the next two years, the painting was believed to be lost forever, until it was discovered that former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by hiding in a closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was caught after he returned to his native Italy and tried to sell the painting to a gallery owner. What vandalism attempts has the painting survived over the years? More… Discuss