Originally published 12/09/2015
Pascal Cotte, a French scientist, claims to have found another portrait beneath that of the world-famous Mona Lisa using reflective light technology.
Originally published 11/12/2013
The extraordinary tale of the Nazi art thieves believed to have stashed the world's most famous painting in an alpine salt mine.
Originally published 08/12/2013
Researchers opened a centuries-old Florence tomb on Friday in a search for remains that could confirm the identity of the woman whose enigmatic smile Leonardo da Vinci immortalized in the Mona Lisa, one of the world’s most famous paintings.A round hole, just big enough for a person to wriggle through, was cut in the stone church floor above the family crypt of Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo, whose wife, Lisa Gherardini, is thought to have sat for the Renaissance master in the early 16th century....
Originally published 04/14/2017
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