Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 (during the Italian Renaissance) and, according to Vasari, "after he had lingered over it four years, left it unfinished...." He is thought to have continued to work on it for three years after he moved to France and to have finished it shortly before he died in 1519. Leonardo took the painting from Italy to France in 1516 when King François I invited the painter to work at the Clos Lucé near the king's castle in Amboise. Most likely through the heirs of Leonardo's assistant Salai, the king bought the painting for 4,000 écus and kept it at Fontainebleau, where it remained until given to Louis XIV. Louis XIV moved the painting to the Palace of Versailles. After the French Revolution, it was moved to the Louvre. Napoleon I had it moved to his bedroom in the Tuileries Palace; later it was returned to the Louvre. During the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) it was moved from the Louvre to a hiding place elsewhere in France.

Mona Lisa was not well known until the mid-19th century when artists of the emerging Symbolist movement began to appreciate it, and associated it with their ideas about feminine mystique. Critic Walter Pater, in his 1867 essay on Leonardo, expressed this view by describing the figure in the painting as a kind of mythic embodiment of eternal femininity, who is "older than the rocks among which she sits" and who "has been dead many times and learned the secrets of the grave."

Mona Lisa is a man

The secret behind the mysterious smiling can now be revealed. Mona Lisa is a man. It claims at least an Italian scientist.

Interested in art all over the world have long speculated on who the woman in the painting actually was. A wealthy Italian woman? A fictional character? Or maybe even Leonardo da Vinci himself? Now art expert Silvano Vinceti with a new theory.

According to him, imagining the world's most famous portrait of a Salai Giacomo Caprotti. He was da Vinci's assistant - and maybe more than that.

"Salai was very beautiful and probably da Vinci's lover," says Vinceti to Daily Telegraph.

He has been studying the Mona Lisa for a long time and have found striking similarities in facial features between the shapes of some of da Vinci's other paintings. According to Vincente used Salai sitting model for da Vinci's works.

He also claims that da Vinci made small clues in the paintings in the form of an L and S, Leonardo and Salai, which can only be seen on digital copies of high quality.






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Mona Lisa's skeleton may be found in Florence
A freshly dug skeleton in a monastery in Florence may be the remains of the mysterious Mona Lisa, Italian archaeologists believe
A skeleton, which is perhaps the remains of the woman who stood model for Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa, has been unearthed in the remains of St. Ursula's convent in Florence.
Mona Lisa's alter ego is said to be Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, who died in Florence in 1542. The Italian name of Mona Lisa is "La Gioconda"
According to Italian researchers was Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo nun after her husband, Francesco del Giocondo, died.
She died himself later in the convent at the age of 63

Further studies needed

"The first studies of the skull and pelvis indicate that it was probably a woman, " says anthropologist Giorgio Gruppioni from the University of Bologna, the Italian newspaper Ansa.
Further studies are however needed to determine whether it could really be the famous lady.
These studies include an age determination from the carbon-14 analysis and DNA studies to compare the genetic material of two of La Gioconda children who were buried in Florence's church of Santissima Annunziata, writes Ansa.
Researchers will then, based on skull shape, reconstruct her face, to examine the extent to which the modeled face looks like da Vinci's famous portrait.

  Mona Lisas skelet måske fundet i Firenze

Et nyopgravet skelet i et kloster i Firenze kan være de jordiske rester af den mystiske Mona Lisa, mener italienske arkæologer
Et skelet, som måske er de jordiske rester af kvinden, der stod model til Leonardo da Vincis portræt Mona Lisa, er blevet udgravet i resterne af St. Ursulas kloster i Firenze.
Mona Lisas alter ego skulle efter sigende være Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo, som døde i Firenze i 1542. Det italienske navn for Mona Lisa er derfor ”La Gioconda”
Ifølge italienske forskere blev Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo nonne, efter at hendes mand, Francesco del Giocondo, døde.
Hun døde selv senere i klosteret i en alder af 63.

Yderlige undersøgelser nødvendige

»De første undersøgelser af kraniet og bækkenet viser, at det sandsynligvis har været en kvinde,« udtaler antropolog Giorgio Gruppioni fra universitetet i Bologna, til den italienske avis Ansa.
Yderlige undersøgelser er dog nødvendige for at fastslå, om det virkelig kunne være den berømte dame.
Disse undersøgelser inkluderer en aldersbestemmelse ud fra kulstof-14 analyser og DNA-undersøgelser, for at sammenligne genmaterialet med to af La Giocondas børn, som blev begravet i Firenzes kirke Santissima Annunziata, skriver Ansa.
Forskerne vil dernæst, ud fra kraniets udformning, rekonstruere hendes ansigt, for at undersøge i hvilket omfang det modellerede ansigt ligner da Vincis berømte portræt.

Mona Lisas hemmeligheder ligger i øjnene

Italienske kunsthistorikere hævder, at de har fundet bittesmå bogstaver skjult i Mona Lisas øjne.
Hvis det passer, kan bogstaverne meget vel være ledetråde til maleriets mysterier.


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The Little Mermaid's mother is in Tarm, Jutland. Her daughter can be seen on Langelinje in Copenhagen
Den lille Havfrues moder befinder sig i Tarm. Hendes datter kan ses på Langelinje i København