‘Mona Lisa’ Model Could Soon Be Identified

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Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”
Image: Joaquín Martínez via Flickr CC


Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” has long been revered as one of the art world’s most prolific masterpieces. Such a deceptively simple portrait has captivated cultures for centuries, and still draws millions to the Louvre in Paris where it resides each year.

The painting’s existence has not been without controversy however – for centuries, scientists, art historians, and the general public have contemplated the identity of the woman in the painting, if da Vinci made adjustments to his original work, and even if there is a second “Mona Lisa” in existence. Previously, we wrote about how scientific developments allow us to see through the layers of paint and examine the artist’s method and intentions. Now, new DNA research might allow us more insights as to who the woman in the painting may have been in real life.

According to Fox News, “Researchers trying to identify the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ have started DNA tests on a skeleton found in a Florence church in a bid to link the remains with recently discovered bones believed to be those of the Renaissance icon’s descendants.” The “Mona Lisa” is arguably one of the most famous paintings of all time, and certainly fraught with mystery regarding whom the model is, and why da Vinci decided to depict her in this way.

The enchanting portrait has mystified art historians for centuries, and the identity of “Mona Lisa” has long been speculated upon. Many suspect that the identity of the woman in the painting is Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a silk merchant who died circa 1542. Others argue that the “Mona Lisa” slowly came together over an extended period of time, and that da Vinci drew from multiple subjects to create her likeness.Mona Lisa Revealed

Although the nameless model was merely posing for art’s sake, her identity has garnered an indisputable amount of cultural significance, which is why art historians are hoping that new DNA evidence will lead them one step closer to the truth.

Learn more about how scientific evidence might lead us one step closer to identifying the woman in the “Mona Lisa.”

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4 Responses to “‘Mona Lisa’ Model Could Soon Be Identified”

  1. MIHAIL March 1, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Leonardo will always attract seekers!
    Composer Mihail Afanasiev
    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the “Mona Lisa” and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man – this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock – these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of “Mona Lisa.” Similar records I’ve made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works – “Knowledge”, “Flow” and “Communication”.
    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi
    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).
    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA http://studiomusicnew.blogspot.com
    ( Sorry, Google translation)

  2. SHIVANI DHILLON March 21, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    i think like one man had found animals in the painting so, might be da vinci had first painted the zoo and then over the zoo painting the mona lisa according to one resherch the back ground was painted once again by da vinci so i think the painting has been painted many times one after another and differently every time.

    • Caitlyn E. March 21, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      Yes, perhaps! It’s so hard to know for sure, but art historians and scientists will certainly keep seeking answers until they’ve come to a universally accepted conclusion. Until then, it still remains somewhat a mystery!

  3. SHIVANI DHILLON March 30, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    yes, but what about the letter in her eyes and what about hereyes the seems to be looking at you in every angle some letters and words are also found hidden in the painting

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