You’ve seen her enigmatic smile. It allures, engages, and seems to interact with those standing before her. The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s sixteenth-century masterpiece, appears more alive than any other portrait. In fact, some believe that by integrating elements of anatomy, chemistry, and optics into his artistic process, Leonardo da Vinci created the first augmented reality experience centuries before the concept existed.
While da Vinci is revered for his discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, geology, and hydrodynamics, his genius is perhaps most notable in his talent for merging disciplines—brilliantly combining biology, physics, chemistry, and art. In doing so, he was able to invent technologies that have forever changed humanity.Join us at the Leading Gathering of Distributed Generation and Microgrid Professionals at the 6th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference in San Diego, October 8-10th. Secure Your Spot Today!
In the Mona Lisa, his method of layering sensory information creates an interactive, dynamic portrait. He accomplished this by carefully selecting his materials, choosing a primer coat of lead white to reflect light through translucent top layers to create an impression of depth and three-dimensionality.
He also produced an interactive experience by including ultra-fine lines at the corners of the Mona Lisa’s mouth. Thanks to the way the retina processes images, the lines form a slight downturn if we look directly at them. If we look away, however, our peripheral vision blends these lines and we see the hint of a smile. The result is an ever-changing expression that seems to respond to our glance, and it lingers in our minds.Add Distributed Energy Weekly to your Newsletter Preferences and keep up with the latest articles on distributed power, fuel cells, HVAC options, solar, smart energy systems, and LED lighting retrofits.