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Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Smile: The Artist Initiate in Esoteric New Religions
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9264-0395
2016 (English)In: Nova Religio, ISSN 1092-6690, E-ISSN 1541-8480, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 14-32Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article discusses the view, held by many nineteenth-century authors, of Leonardo da Vinci as an esotericist, and his La Gioconda as mysterious, sinister and filled with hidden signs. This “esoterization” of the painting and its creator was part of a broader tendency to view artists, both historical and contemporary, as magicians and mystics in some sense. Hereby, art became integrated into the endeavors of various esoteric groups and thinkers, and an originally secular Renaissance work was absorbed into a nineteenth-century “occulture” or “cultic milieu.”

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University of California Press , 2016. Vol. 19, no 4, p. 14-32
Keywords [en]
New religions, art, Mona Lisa, La Gioconda, Esotericism
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36174DOI: 10.1525/nr.2016.19.4.14ISI: 000375733300002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85018501194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-36174DiVA, id: diva2:1243632
Available from: 2016-12-21 Created: 2018-08-31Bibliographically approved

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