Ginevra Lisa

The crooked painting winked.  It winked right at him and he immediately knew what it was.  He had been searching for Ginevra Lisa, the younger sister of Mona.  This was the unsubstantiated work of Leonardo da Vinci, and just like the Mona Lisa gives the viewer the impression that her eyes are following any person that moves in front of the picture, this painting gives off the effect that it is winking at you.  This optical illusion is achieved by a special painting technique which alters the position of her right iris from the perspective of the looker’s eyes, but also changes the orientation of the looker’s head.  When anyone makes eye contact with this picture for more than five minutes without blinking, Ginevra Lisa will lower her right eye lid.  If you look really closely, you can notice that she also raises her cheek muscle while lowering her eyelid.  Even more amazing is the very subtle raise of her right eyebrow, and then just like that her eye is back to normal, like it never happened.  He had to have this beautiful masterpiece and he would do anything to get it.

Written for Michelle of Putting My Feet in the Dirt Weekly Story Starters challenge.

10 thoughts on “Ginevra Lisa

  1. I have tried so hard to look at Mona Lisa’s painting at the Louvre but the pressing crowd near the painting makes it impossible to see if her eyes are really following!
    May be sighting Ginevra would be met with a better success.

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