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Who was Mona Lisa?

Over the past century, it has been proposed that Mona Lisa was a noblewoman – Isabella d’Este, Marquise of Mantua, or Costanza d’Avalos, Duchess of Francavilla.

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7 mysteries of the Mona Lisa

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The hidden initials

In 2010, Silvano Vinceti, chairman of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage, claimed to have discerned letters minutely painted on Mona Lisa’s eyes: L and V (Leonardo da Vinci’s init...

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The broken backdrop

The distant, dreamlike vista behind Mona Lisa’s head seems to be higher on the right-hand side than on the left. It is hard to see how the landscape would join up. 

This is subliminally unset...

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The bewitching smile

In 2000, scientists at Harvard University suggested a neurological explanation for Mona Lisa’s elusive smile. 

When a viewer looks at her eyes, the mouth is in peripheral vision, which sees i...

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The unknown bridge

The Mona Lisa’s background landscape seems unreal, but the bridge might be one that Leonardo knew. 

It is usually said to be Ponte Buriano in Tuscany, but in 2011, a researcher claimed it dep...

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Da Vinci’s obsession

Leonardo da Vinci worked on the painting for four years, and possibly at intervals after that. He always took it with him when he travelled, and he never signed or dated it. 

The picture went...

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Was Mona Lisa unwell?

An Italian doctor looked at the swelling around her eyes and diagnosed excess cholesterol in her diet. Other conditions include facial paralysis, deafness, even syphilis.

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What are views on painting?

These days, most experts agree that the Mona Lisa is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, wife of a Florentine silk merchant named Francesco del Giocondo (hence the name by which she is know...

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