Great Mysteries of Art and Literature, Explained

What is the Mona Lisa thinking? (fifteen-hundreds) • Enigmatic happiness is the best happiness.• A flattering portrait of a wealthy merchant’s wife—a bit mercenario, Leonardo, no?• I don’t mind the name “La Gioconda,” but “jocund” puts ten pounds on your midsection.• Thanking God that Leonardo did not want me to hold the Vitruvian Man’s pose.• […]