Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Postcard from Washington, DC #1


Almost everyone rhapsodizes about Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa; some of you even remember the song sung so beautifully by the late, great Nat King Cole. But most of you know it as a iconic work of art that is both admired and parodied.
However, Mona Lisa is no comparison to her older, lovlier, and more mysterious 'sister', Ginevra de'Benci who holds court at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Da Vinci painted only three portraits of women that we know of; the third portrait is in Kracow, Poland.

There is a wonderful
documentary, narrated by Meryl Streep, concerning the painting and the voyage to the NGA. It is available through the usual sources or by contacting the NGA directly.

Why not introduce your students to Da Vinci through Ginevra the next time you visit the nation's capital? (The National Gallery of Art is across the National Mall from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Air and Space.)
And while you're there, take a
highlights or themed tour of some of the other great works of art through the auspices of the the NGA's
Educational Department and be sure to enjoy a gelato downstairs while you sing Donovan's, Jennifer Juniper!

The Tour Marm

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