Monday, January 14, 2008

Mona Lisa Update

German experts crack Mona Lisa smile | Reuters: "BERLIN (Reuters) - German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the 'Mona Lisa' in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait.

Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the sixteenth-century painting.


Now experts at the Heidelberg University library say dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book by its owner in October 1503 confirm once and for all that Lisa del Giocondo was indeed the model for one of the most famous portraits in the world."


Anonymous said...

Not really news, then.

Brent McKee said...

Isn't this "stunning discovery" made about every five years or so? If nothing else it proves that as a world our long term memory is totally shot.