The Mona Lisa — Leonardo da Vinci, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Secret of the Mona Lisa’s Smile

The art of making difficult things look easy

The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most iconic painting in the world. Da Vinci’s masterpiece, painted between 1503 and 1506 (though perhaps continuing until as late as 1517) is one of the most recognisable paintings in the world, and for many is the epitome of renaissance art. If you only know the name of one painting in the world…