Leonardo da Vinci is famous to be not only a magnificent painter, but also a fascinating inventor. Therefore, I believe that the portrait of Mona Lisa has more secrets that we know of and a naked eye could spot. On my opinion, the model is just posing to the painter trying to stay beautiful and preserve her innate innocence and tenderness, never forgetting to express her translucent female sexuality. The only thing she might be thinking at this moment is how gorgeous she is going to appear on the canvas if she works hard enough to emit all her secret feelings into this one gaze at the author. Unfortunately, we can only guess such facts understanding that we had to be Mona Lisa in order to know the true and most reliable information about this matter. However, assumptions are of a great help for a psychologist in trying to define a person, as they can give more or less accurate information basing only on analysis of some background information.
For this, if take a closer look at the painting, we can see that da Vinci painted Mona Lisa rather mischievous and smart, creating only an illusion of a smile. According to the findings of Harvard Neuroscientist’s research (Livingstone, 2012), dazzling smile of Mona Lisa is nothing more than a mind game resulting of the tricks played by the peripheral vision, which is responsible for perception of the black and white, motion and shadows. The question stays, however, whether Leonardo da Vinci know about such effect back then and write the painting on purpose, or did he make another exceptional finding without even knowing. This question will stay unanswered forever due to the lack of reliable facts, supplying our thoughts and beliefs only on theory and analysis.
Psychological purpose is very analytical, vague and abstract. It does not imply clearly designated fields and is based mostly on behavioral observation, analysis, inference, assumptions and theories, which can be proved in some cases, but are disclaimed in others. In my opinion, structured analysis of previous facts and results bring us closest to the truth. We all learn from experiences: ours or others, it does not matter. But what matters is that, without knowing an example from life, previous experience, or a true fact, we cannot assume the meaning of the event or whether one is safe to the consequences of a given situation. It also gives insight for further observation and research in a given sphere, which makes psychology purposeful and even more interesting.