Perfecting the smile

Perfecting the smile

Tradition holds that the “Mona Lisa” is a painting of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo, and that da Vinci started painting it in 1503. Giorgio Vasari, a 16th-century painter and biographer of da Vinci and other artists, wrote that the perfectionist da Vinci worked on it for four years.

If I’ve learned two things from Steve Jobs, it’s that 1) real artists are imperfect but don’t settle and 2) real artists ship. Perfectionism can be a beautiful thing.