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The riddle of who was woman behind the enigmatic symbol of femininity that is the Mona Lisa has been solved. Theorists had long held forth suppositions that ranged from the woman being DaVinci’s mother to a prostitute and finally to the artist himself in feminine form. After four centuries of fierce debate, researchers today revealed that the woman in question was a mother of five, Lisa Gherardini the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Ser Francesco del Giocondo.

A French expert reported that a careful study of the painting by a team of scientists using infrared and 3-D technology revealed that the woman in the painting had just given birth to her second son at the time of the sitting. The technology enabled the scientists to see details long obscured through the many layers of paint. The dress was covered in a fine, transparent gauze veil, typically worn by Italian women in the 16th Century who were either pregnant or had just given birth. With these newly-discovered details, the painting has now been dated to 1503.

Several assumptions were turned on their head, not the least of which that the subject of the painting had been a prostitute. Bruno Mottin of the French Museums' Centre for Research and Restoration said in interviews that subject had not let her hair hang freely but in fact wore a bonnet from which only a few curls managed to escape. Allowing one’s hair to hang freely during the Renaissance was typical of young girls and women of poor virtue, hence the confusion about the identity of the woman who sat for the portrait.

Teacher Giuseppe Pallantini spent 25 years researching the connections between DaVinci family and the merchant. He discovered during his research that the Italian biographer of Renaissance artists, Giorgio Vasari, was a credible source for correctly identifying the subject of the portrait as early as 1550; Vasari had known the Giocondo family personally.

Pallantini said in the London Telegraph that Lisa Gherardini was aged about 24 when she sat for the portrait. Amongst the many documents relating to DaVinci and his most famous and enduring subject, the teacher found Ser Francesco's will in which he praised his beloved wife. He also found the birth certificates of their five children, two of whom took religious vows, were also uncovered. No record of the death of Lisa Gherardini was found, but her death is estimated to have occurred between 1540 and 1570.

Mr. Pallantini presented his research in a book which has only recently been published. While scholars are generally appreciative of his meticulous research and the conclusions drawn, some are careful to suggest that Pallantini’s findings are not absolute proof that Lisa Gherardini is the Mona Lisa – but they do come close enough to merit serious consideration.
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KARMADESIGNER Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
come and see my mona lisa.....
lihim Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
interesting. :)
mystrican Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the article, well written and within the lines.

People need to be more accepting, do you guys go on about a published article in a paper to be a copy and pasted work?
I very much doubt it.
viktorkrumfan01 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
that is wow..I never new that:)
roguenightangel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006
Art is where you find it. I do not think that "knowing" who a piece was modeled after changes the piece only your perception of it. Like another layer of color on a obscurs some pieces and reflects others better.
ThornedVenom Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Dunno why, but it reminds me of the experiment where they reconstituted the voices of people from various portraits, including Leonardo Da Vinci and the Mona Lisa by 3D reconstitution of the upper jaw.
Zukini Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006   Digital Artist
fun stuff, just a few weeks ago my art teacher were having a discussion on our thoughts about the Mona Lisa, nice to find out what the painting really is all about, I havn't yet read it on anything else. Thankyou. n_n
SparrowSong Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I thought the painting was known as La Gioconda, therefore indicating she was married to Giocondo. I didn't know there was any speculation to her identity, with the name as such a huge clue. Cool!
Gibah Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Hey, good connection...
NajlaQamber Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thats some info! right on! :hug:
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