Monday, January 14, 2008

German experts crack the ID of ‘Mona Lisa’

Good job. Hey, can you find Bin Laden for us?

German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the "Mona Lisa" in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait.

Some things are best left a mystery. I always found a certain draw to the fact that this wonderful work of art was a nameless face. It loses a certain something if you find out she was an uptight rich pain in the ass.

Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the 16th-century painting.

See, rich and probably a pain in the ass.

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.

After all this time no one checked the notes in the margin?


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