Mona Lisa's identity is no longer mysterious – it is known from a solid piece of textual evidence found in Heidelberg University's library in 2007. This note records that Leonardo was working in 1503 on a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo. No other theories are needed – and anyway the chief theories down the years have all seen this as a 16th-century work. It would take a lot more than some arcane codes to make this high Renaissance masterpiece look like a work of the 1490s. Still – theories about the Mona Lisa are fun, and there is no harm in them.
…read it all: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/dec/14/eyes-mona-lisa-leonardo-da-vinci
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I didn't know…
…that the mystery of the Mona Lisa's identity had been solved: