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whyugottabelikedat32
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behindblueeyes
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The Mona Lisa is in fact smiling!

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Started: 4/25/2008 Category: Arts
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 2,864 times Debate No: 3787
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whyugottabelikedat32

Pro

If u just look at the mouth, even take a ruler if you must but it is blatantly obvious that the Mona Lisa is smiling.
behindblueeyes

Con

I will simply make these statements:

"The Mona Lisa" is a painting; therefore, devoid of self emotion, henceforth, devoid of smiles.

If in fact you meant just "Mona Lisa" is smiling, you are again, wrong, because Mona Lisa, is in fact, Leonardo Da Vinci in disguise.
Debate Round No. 1
whyugottabelikedat32

Pro

whyugottabelikedat32 forfeited this round.
behindblueeyes

Con

Just like to reiterate my main points,

A picture is an inanimate object, it is devoid of emotion, devoid of the ability to smile. Also, the Mona Lisa, has been under scrutiny with a conspiracy theory that Da Vinci is in fact the Mona Lisa.

There are many variables, because the girl in the picture might not be the one they called the Mona Lisa, it was one of about 4 girls that it could have been.
Debate Round No. 2
whyugottabelikedat32

Pro

hey, the picture is named Mona Lisa regardless of the subject, and if you knew anything about art then you would know that a picture has emotion, it's just the emotions of the creater of the piece.
behindblueeyes

Con

While I understand that emotion can be conveyed through art, people in the actual artwork are left with the look that the artist gave them, therefore, no emotion.

It's also pretty tough to even call it a smile. It could very well just be a small grin, or maybe a nervous twitch, but to be so overzealous as to say that she is IN FACT smiling, is foolhardy.

Da Vinci is the only one that knew if she were smiling or not...

Thank You.

-BBE
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by electriqued 9 years ago
electriqued
Art is a representation of emotion. Although it does not have the ability to FEEL emotion, it *has* emotion. It is incorrect to say that "The Mona Lisa" is devoid of emotion because it defeats the purpose of the painting. As for Da Vinci's original intentions toward the artwork itself, it is impossible to determine what exactly she was doing but one can conclude that the painting represents complacency or perhaps the embodiment of the female. Whatever it may be, the absence of a strong expression from the subject does not mean it hold no emotion or has no emotional value.
Posted by behindblueeyes 9 years ago
behindblueeyes
lol brian...yeah, it's definitely a smirk, not a smile.
Posted by brian_eggleston 9 years ago
brian_eggleston
This question has exercised the minds of scholars and art historians for generations. However, thanks to the latest technological advances, scientists have now been able to establish, categorically, that the model in the painting entitled "Mona Lisa" was not smiling; she was, in fact, smirking.

Furthermore, using a special instrument, they discovered what she was actually smirking at. They were able to discern a reflection of Leonardo painting her with his thing hanging out!
Posted by VenomousNinja 9 years ago
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However, Con brings up the fact that the Mona Lisa is a painting, and the girl's name in the painting may or may not be 'Mona Lisa'. Also, the resolution states that THE Mona Lisa is smiling, and THE Mona Lisa is a painting, and like con said, painting are devoid of any emotion.

To me, Con won.
Posted by Paradigm_Lost 9 years ago
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Neither side proved anything or substantiated a single claim. Its a draw in my opinion, and therefore I vote for neither.

CON alleges, "Mona Lisa, is in fact, Leonardo Da Vinci in disguise," but does nothing to substantiate the claim.

PRO makes no attempt to persuade CON beyond simple suggestion.

Its a draw in my opinion. Neither side was able to make a single persuasive argument.
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