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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.....
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lihim Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007
interesting. :)
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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.
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viktorkrumfan01 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
that is wow..I never new that:)
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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 page.it obscurs some pieces and reflects others better.
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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.
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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
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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!
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Gibah Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Hey, good connection...
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NajlaQamber Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thats some info! right on! :hug:
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livius Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2006
As the painting is called "La Gioconda" in Italian, the discovery that the model was Mrs. Giocondo seems less than earthshattering to me.

Oh well, interesting news nonetheless given the centuries of art historical debate on the subject. :)
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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
...I still honestly don't know why people freak out about "finding the identity" of a lady in a famous painting. Can't we just settle for it being a painting and be satisfied with it? :confused:
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leaf-lover Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
Interesting, it's sort of sad in a way.

I would like to see the sources, it would be nice to read up more about this =)
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neoliquid Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006
mistery solved.... :ahoy: for the 400 years of debate!
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geekpalace Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006   Filmographer
now we finally know...^^ next mystery, please!
and btw, you're a really good writer... cream of the crop at the school newspaper... :D
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HeddaG Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
As an arthistory student I've heard some explenations about her; he painted it as a comission, a portrait of a certain lady, don't remember who they said it was, but he never gave the painting to the one who had ordered it, and it's said that he painted it to look like his mother even though it wasn't suppose to be her..ok not going to say all I've heard....interesting anyway with news about her....good article:)
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Marcheff Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
so.
I'm from Poland, and this infromation i saw in wp.pl too.

But I don't belive that.
Mona Lisa... no, no.
Maybe it's true, but others information about this paint is more realistic than this one.
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anarchy-art Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006   Interface Designer
Wow, that's pretty interesting.
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OffTheChain2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is true, if you wanna find out, watch the news like good people should do >.O
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reynante Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
hmmmMmmm.... I don't really know the technicalities of tracing origins, but how did they discover such things? wow, I really wonder.
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saiaii Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
it is a bit discouraging to realize that so many people who read this thought that articles must be written with quotes and sources listed! it does make one wonder about education these days :) i guess that makes me sound old but i do recall back in 6th grade learning to summarize several articles for a report, surely a majority of DA has done the same :)


I think this is very well written and i appreciate reading such an informative article on DA..perhaps it will set a standard for news here :)
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Helen-Baq Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Student Artisan Crafter
Great article. Good to know the mystery was solved. There is still the mystery of that smile... ;)
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Extravaganca Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
You may not *have to* write your sources, but I'd love to have links to further reading another time :)

As others have said, wonderful article, this is a good example of what news at dA should be like.

:)
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kausca Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Interesting...but I wonder how they actually managed to compare the painting with a woman who lived 500 years ago.
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aphaits Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
mystery vs knowledge = curiosity

yes, I got D on maths :P
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xsweetsilencex Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
this was a great article! really interesting! thanks for writing it :hug:
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shutdown Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
I actually heard about this on the news yesterday. :lol:
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Iscariot-Priest Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006
Ultimately knowing who the Mona Lisa is doesn't really matter, but having the option to know is always fun :)

This is an interesting article, so I can't understand how anyone could get so hung up about wether you have your sources or not.
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y2jenn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006   General Artist
I got a kick out of reading this. I'm glad I stopped to! I like the mystery behind that lovely lady but this was just too interesting not to enjoy. Good article! :D
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neekko Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Science. Spoils everything ;^;
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bewarecalamity Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Student General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful news article! I wish we had more like THIS in the news section. Excellent worl!
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aeontriad Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
as with most things in the world...the "big mystery" had a really simple explanation...
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mosley929 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
I think that knowing who she is kinda takes away from the picture because part of enjoying the picture is asking yourself "who is this woman?"
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Leishy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
I really could have lived without knowing who she was...That was part of the draw of the Mona Lisa.

Not that it isn't interesting or anything, because it is, it just makes me wonder if they're going to try this out on other paintings as well.
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DavidsRose Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006
hoyl crap, wow....
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ErnieLuckmaN Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2006   Digital Artist
It hurts my heart to read these accusations. I think some people have nothing else better to do than point fingers without doing their own research. At school, if we write soemthing, our work is scruitinized by the teacher who looks everything up before grading us.
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude... She is a Features Writer, Columnist and Consulting Editor for The Promota, a Pan-African Magazine based in London...

Her credentials definitely state that she IS a journalist....

What credentials do YOU have to dish out such words? Or are you just following the crowd like a blind sheep? :sarcasm:

I have no problem with the opinions that you give but I have a problem with the way you dish it.

:) I'd be glad however to hear any other opinions that you have in a note.

Cheerio
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not think that citations are unreasonable burdens but I do think your intonation was downright rude
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay here goes... I apologise if I sounded like a bitch. But I still think you were rude to Sev...
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peskaa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
[link] :)

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