Hence, in conclusion, the two works of art in discussion exemplify the unique characteristics of their respective artistic periods. A study of the two works show how the same genre – that of individual portrait – can undergo such vast changes in the mediation of its aesthetics. What we’ve also learnt is how social and political compulsions can bear on the outcome of art. Likewise, the interpersonal relationship between the artist and his muse can add flavor to the work. Finally, just as in linguistic theory, there appears to be a universal grammar for understanding and appreciating art. For without it, it would be difficult to reconcile how an art lover can come to admire these two very distinct works, separated by four centuries.
Online sources for the paintings:
Seated Woman (Marie Therese) by Pablo Picasso
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci