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Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world and shrouded in mystery: the new indiscretion that reveals everything.

Tourists at the Louvre in front of the Mona Lisa © Ansa Foto

It is one of the most famous paintings in the history of art, perhaps the most famous of all. The one everyone has heard of at least once in their life, namely the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. A painting created at the beginning of the 16th century by the Italian artist, inventor, multifaceted genius and which carries within it a mystery that still persists today.

In fact, one wonders under what circumstances the painting was created and where and above all the questions about the identity of the woman in the painting persist. The most reliable reconstructions in this regard date back to the notes of the Florentine painter Giorgio Vasari, according to which the Mona Lisa was Lisa Gherardini, noble wife of Francesco del Giocondo.

Over the years, however, even this version has been questioned, also due to certain peculiarities described by Vasari himself. The latter, in his notes, spoke of dimples and eyebrows present on the face of the painted woman, which however, in the portrait as we know it today, are not there.

The Mona Lisa changes everything again: the surprise revelation about the identity of the woman in the painting

Many experts agree that Leonardo worked on the painting several times and made several changes over time. Therefore, a hypothesis that is gaining more and more credence is that the version seen by Vasari was only an “early version” of the Mona Lisa.

The Mona Lisa © Ansa Foto

In 2014, a scientist, Pascal Cotte, claimed to have carried out tests using a multispectral camera and to have discovered the face of another woman, “hidden” under that of the Mona Lisa. A discovery that would seem to confirm the theory of Italian researcher Carla Gori.

According to this theory, in fact, the Mona Lisa would be Bianca Giovanna Sforza, daughter of Ludovico il Moro. The portrait would have been a wedding present for Ludovico, but never delivered, given the untimely death of Bianca Giovanna, who died very young shortly after her marriage to Galeazzo Sanseverino.

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The identity of the woman in the portrait was later “hidden” by Leonardo, after the expulsion and banning of the Sforzas from Milan by French rule.

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