La Gioconda

Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre - Creative Writing concentration


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

Kevin Graves

Second Advisor

Henry Griffin

Third Advisor

Erik Hansen


Set in 16th century Florence, Italy, "La Gioconda" takes you on the journey of Lisa del Gioconda, the woman behind one of the most recognized paintings in the world, The Mona Lisa. Married off at a young age, Lisa finds comfort in her secret love affair with Art. Her secret world crosses paths with an Art apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci, who takes her on as his student. Lisa tells her husband that she is at church praying while spending her afternoons with Da Vinci, mastering her craft and technique. A love affair begins to blossom and Lisa is forced to make a big decision in the end. Secrets begin to unravel including the truth behind Da Vinci's original painting of the Mona Lisa before it became what we all know it to be today.


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