AN EXPLORATION OF ART HISTORY
Sfumato: a technique used allowing tones and colors to gradually blend into one another, creating softened outlines and hazy forms.
Leonardo Da Vinci is famous for his smoky sfumato, or misty haziness, in his landscapes and portraits. In his most famous work, the Mona Lisa, sfumato is used in the portrait itself. Leonardo subtly adjusted the light in the portrait and blurred the planes of her face. This technique was used to make Mona Lisa’s famous smile so ambiguous. Leonardo painted her features so they almost seem to blend into one another as well as rendering the facial expression hard to determine.