The infant was a boy, says Mr. Mottin, born before Leonardo began painting the Mona Lisa in the early 1500s. It was second son for the Italian couple. She had also given birth to a girl, her second child, who died as an infant.
The tiny delineations at the corners of the mouth become indistinct, but you still will see the shadows there. These shadows and the soft sfumato at the edge of her mouth make her lips seem to turn upward into a subtle smile. The result is a smile that flickers brighter the less you search for it.
Scans turned up evidence of a fine, gauzy veil around Mona Lisa's shoulders — a garment women of the Italian Renaissance wore when they were expecting, a leading French museum researcher, Michel Menu, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. As the painting aged, the veil darkened.
Mona Lisa, La Gioconda from Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, was a real person. And we're not talking about a self-portrait of the artist, as you may think. Mona Lisa was a real Florentine woman, born and raised in Florence under the name of Lisa Gherardini.
Leonardo is thought to have begun painting Lisa's portrait the same year. Lisa and Francesco had five children: Piero, Camilla, Andrea, Giocondo, and Marietta, four of them between 1496 and 1507.
Because it was the fashion in the Renaissance to shave them. Women shaved their facial hair, including their eyebrows, then. Leonardo was an Italian, but he sold the painting to the king of France. Today, it is in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The Mona Lisa has been stolen once but has been vandalized many times. It was stolen on 21 August 1911 by an Italian Louvre employee who was driven to...
The Mona Lisa is one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known painting insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962 (equivalent to $870 million in 2021).
It is believed, however, that the Mona Lisa does not smile; she wears an expression common to people who have lost their front teeth. A closeup of the lip area shows a scar that is not unlike that left by the application of blunt force.
The Mona Lisa's Smile
Da Vinci used optical illusion to create a unique smile through perspective and shadow work. Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in such a way that the eyes of the Mona Lisa fall directly into the viewer's focus, while the lips fall just below the periphery of vision.
The Mona Lisa was commissioned by wealthy cloth merchant Francesco del Giocondo in the early 1500's. The mysterious woman in the painting is in fact Giocondo's wife, Lisa Gherardini. For some reason, however, the Florentine merchant never received his wife's portrait.
An Italian researcher says the key to solving the enigmas of "Mona Lisa"' lies in her eyes. Silvano Vinceti claims he has found the letter "S" in the woman's left eye, the letter "L" in her right eye, and the number "72" under the arched bridge in the backdrop of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting.
Leonardo never married, but he had many close relationships with other artists and intellectuals as well as with his assistants. Read more about Tuscany, the region where Leonardo da Vinci was born and raised.
In 2005, Dutch researchers used emotion recognition software and computer algorithms to find that the Mona Lisa's smile was precisely 83 percent happy, nine percent disgusted, six percent fearful, two percent each angry and happy, and less than one person neutral.
Time magazine's review of Mona Lisa Smile began with the rhetorical question, "Can a college sue a movie for libel?" Some of us have been having similar fantasies. The answer, of course, is probably not successfully: the film made no claim to historical accuracy.
On permanent display at the Louvre in Paris, the Mona Lisa was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$900 million in 2021.
Truly priceless, the painting cannot be bought or sold according to French heritage law. As part of the Louvre collection, "Mona Lisa" belongs to the public, and by popular agreement, their hearts belong to her.
Therefore, the Mona Lisa is worth at least €3 billion ($3.3 billion) to the French economy annually. In that context, €50 billion would be a steal to buyers, as it would equate to slightly less than 17 years' worth of its de facto earning power.
Somewhere in Saudi Arabia, hidden away by order of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, is the world's most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi. Or is it? No one in the art world knows for sure where the painting is.
French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested and jailed on suspicion of stealing Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris. The 31-year-old poet was known for his radical views and support for extreme avant-garde art movements, but his origins were shrouded in mystery.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has long been attracting vandals and is currently one of the best-protected artworks. On 30 December 1956, a young Bolivian man named Ugo Ungaza Villegas threw a rock at the painting; this resulted in the loss of a speck of pigment near the left elbow, which was later painted over.
The right eye of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." On Aug. 21, 1911, the then-little-known painting was stolen from the wall of the Louvre in Paris. And a legend was born.