Another mystery surrounding Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa surfaces! A scientist says that there is a hidden portrait behind the original
The Mona Lisa kept in the Louvre museum in France is one of the greatest piece of art created by the master painter and overall genius Leonardo Da Vinci. It is the most viewed painting in the world with millions of people viewing it in the museum and clicking pictures of it.
The painting has been also the center of quite a few mysteries as well. First of them was who is Mona Lisa, the woman painted in the masterpiece. Also is it really a painting or it has some kind of message hidden in the art work by Da Vinci.
But a scientist in France has been able to find out a secret hidden in the painting after studying it for years using the advanced modern methods and equipment.
1 The enigmatic mystery named Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa is a half portrait of a woman by the renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, considered to be his masterpiece work. The painting holds the record of being the most watched, most visited, most written about, most sung about and most parodied work of art in the world.
It is an oil on white painting considered to be of the lady by the name of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo and is believed to be painted between 1503 and 1506. The painting was later acquired by King Francis I of France and is now permanently displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France since 1797.
The expression of the subject is deemed to be that of enigma, composition and the painting has subtle modeling of forms and is still studied to find out the exact reason for it to be painted by the master.
2 Importance of the painting
Leonardo Da Vinci started the painting in 1504 in Florence, Italy. But when invited by King Francis I of France to paint the Clos Luce, he took it with him and kept working on it in France.
The painting was stolen in 1911 by Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia, who was found after 2 years and the painting was returned to the Louvre Museum. This made the whole world interested in this piece of art, which had remained obscured in the eyes of public till then.
The painting has been valued at $782 million, making it by far the most valued painting in the world.
3 New findings
A scientist by the name of Pascal Cotte has claimed to find the presence of another portrait under the Mona Lisa. Cotte was granted permission to study the painting in 2004 and recently he announced that he has found proof of another portrait under the visible one.
Cotte used modern methods of Layer Amplification, a process in which a series of intense lights are projected on the painting and their reflections are measured to see how they were painted. Cotte who is a pioneer in the LAM technique says that through this technique they can now analyze exactly what happens inside the layers of the paint and they can actually peel all the layers of the painting like an onion. The chronology of the creation of the painting can now be reconstructed by the technique.
Cotte continued, “My scientific imagery technique (L.A.M.) takes us into the heart of the paint-layers of the world’s most famous picture and reveals secrets that have remained hidden for 500 years,” . He even said in a statement that the results may now shatter many myths and alter people’s vision of Leonardo’s masterpiece forever.
4 The new revealed portrait
The hidden portrait is of a woman who is looking into the distance, with no traces of any type of smile on her face. Cotte believes that he has uncovered the real portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of the Florence merchant and the subject of this painting.
Cotte’s scientific findings have found its share of divided opinions. Critics have no problems with his method of analyzing the painting, but take offence to his interpretation of the final finding. What Cotte sees as a completely different work of art underneath the Mona Lisa, dissenters term it as the process and steps in creating a fluid and complete painting.
No matter how you see it, Mona Lisa is a masterpiece and despite all the mystery and enigma surrounding the painting, it is one of the most revered and acclaimed piece of art in the world.