MonaLisaSmile
Mona Lisa Smile(2003)
 
Concept featured in clip: Vision, perception, art and science
Location of clip: Art Forum - Special Features: Featurettes

 


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Summary of clip: The actors in the film discuss the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting is shown in pictures and books and the actresses discuss some of the theories regarding the painting.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: Leonardo da Vinci was an extraordinary thinker and much of the technique and art in the Mona Lisa involves the science behind vision and perception. For example, Mona Lisa's smile changes when you look right at it as opposed to looking away from it due to the coarse lines in the technique. This is a great clip to use when introducing vision or perception especially because some students are interested in art and this is a way to get them interested in science.
Suggestions to teachers: This is a great clip to use when introducing vision or perception especially becuase some students are interested in art and this is a way to get them interested in science. After showing the clip, make sure to have the Mona Lisa painting in a PowerPoint slide for the students to look at.
1. Who was Leonardo da Vinci? What are some of his conributions to science?

2. What does art have to do with science?

3. What does science have to do with art?

4. What do you think makes the Mona Lisa the most well-known paiting of all time?

5. Use the following website to introduce technology and more insight into da Vinci's thinking:
http://brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/menteleonardo/emdl.asp?c=13419&k=13397&rif=13397

6. For further consideration: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyld=4524673 = a modern artist who uses science in all of his art