by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Brown
New research suggests the famous painting in the Louvre does not depict Mona Lisa.
The hard-right government has accused the French of disrespect and of trying to culturally appropriate the artist in a dispute over loaning his works.
The Oxford research fellow names Bernardino Luini as main artist, believes da Vinci only painted between five to 20 percent of the painting.
SOURCE: Archaeology News Network
One of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpieces, drawn in red chalk on paper during the early 1500s and widely believed to be a self-portrait, is in extremely poor condition.
SOURCE: Huffington Post
The painting has been hidden from view for five centuries.
SOURCE: Toronto Globe and Mail
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....
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