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Mona Lisa Bones Identity
2013-08-12 10:01:38

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An Italian art director says he's close to finally pinning down the identity of Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic Mona Lisa. It's been a mystery that has plagued art historians for centuries; one of the most well-known paintings in the world depicts a stoic woman with a half smirk, but no one has been able to explain who this woman is or why exactly Da Vinci chose to paint her. In recent years researchers have sought out the bones of the...

2011-04-06 10:35:00

Researchers are digging up the remains of an Italian noblewoman who they believe could be the model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's infamous Mona Lisa masterpiece. Art historian Silvano Vinceti believes that by locating the remains of Lisa Gherardini, he will be able to prove whether or not she was the artists' model. According to a death certificate, Gherardini died in 1542 and is interred in a convent in Florence. The excavation will begin at Saint Orsola later this month. Art experts...

2011-01-07 09:20:29

Queen's University Classics professor emeritus Ross Kilpatrick believes the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, incorporates images inspired by the Roman poet Horace and Florentine poet Petrarch. The technique of taking a passage from literature and incorporating it into a work of art is known as "Ëœinvention' and was used by many Renaissance artists. "The composition of the Mona Lisa is striking. Why does Leonardo have an attractive woman sitting on a balcony, while in...

2010-12-14 09:45:00

Art detectives took a fresh look at the Mona Lisa on Sunday and noticed tiny letters and numbers hidden in the famous painting's eyes. Experts say that the barely distinguishable letters and numbers that artist Leonardo da Vinci placed in the painting represent something of a real-life Da Vinci code. Dan Brown, author of the best-seller The Da Vinci Code, wrote in the fictional story that the Mona Lisa contained hidden clues about the Holy Grail. Silvano Vinceti, president of Italy's...

2010-07-15 09:00:00

The Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece the Mona Lisa has once again become the subject of scientific research, joining a half-dozen other works by the Italian Renaissance painter in a new study that applied X-ray technology to study the artistic shading technique known as sfumato. Sfumato is one of four canonical painting modes utilized during the Renaissance period, is similar to the low-contrast concept used in photography. It is formed from the Italian word meaning "to smoke" and works using...

2009-08-11 17:15:31

A Russian woman was held in Paris Tuesday after tossing tea at Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the Mona Lisa, officials said. The woman heaved her ceramic mug of English Breakfast tea at the famous canvas in front of security guards at the Louvre Museum, The Daily Mail reported. The mug bounced off the bullet-proof glass and shattered on the floor in the incident that occurred Aug. 2, but only now was reported, a security guard said. There was no damage done to the painting whatsoever, a museum...

2009-06-13 06:40:00

A 16th-century painting of a nude Mona Lisa, once credited to Leonardo Da Vinci, will be displayed for the first time on Saturday as part of an extensive new exhibition from June 13 to September 30 at the Museo Ideale near Florence, Italy. The event will be the largest Da Vinci show ever, with more than 5,000 works inspired by the original Mona Lisa on display at the opening in Leonardo's hometown of Vinci.  These include paintings, etchings, sculptures and new media images spanning 500...

2008-07-10 09:00:56

BEIJING, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MonArc Corporation, http://www.monacorporation.com/ (Pink Sheets: MONA). The issuer is providing further updates on its China based operating subsidiary pp365.com and the ITV SKY relationship. Mr.Yong Chan, CEO of MONA, said, "ITVSKY has more than 2,000 programs, the channel is the largest, most comprehensive program of the television network software. Through the decomposition of the latest P2P technologies and network optimization users will be...

2008-01-15 14:50:00

For years, art historians have wondered about the identity of the smiling Mona Lisa. Many guesses have been made as to who the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait was. Some thought it could have been da Vinci's mother, his lover, or even perhaps himself. Dr. Armin Schlecter's discovery, the Heidelberg University Library said, has removed all doubts about the identity of the Mona Lisa. Over two years ago, Dr. Schlecter, a manuscript expert, came across some dated notes scribbled in...

2007-10-22 11:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- For centuries, the "Mona Lisa" has beguiled art buffs unable to resist speculating on its origins and meaning. Now a French inventor claims to have some answers, including the fate of the enigmatic subject's famously missing eyebrows and lashes. Parisian engineer Pascal Cotte says his ultra-detailed digital scans of the painting allow him to effectively burrow through layers of paint to "see" into the past of Leonardo Da Vinci's 16th-century portrait of a Florentine...

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