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Who is the Mona Lisa in the Louvre?

As we argued at the very beginning, the purpose of the Mona Lisa Myth book is to dispel the extensive

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The Earlier Version of the Mona Lisa

In previous blog posts, we discussed Leonardo’s revolutionary approach to portraiture, which emphasized the soul of the sitter. We now arrive at

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The Differences between the two Mona Lisas

  A British art connoisseur, known primarily for his interest in Old Masters and modern French art, had stumbled on

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Why is the Mona Lisa called the Mona Lisa?

  As Vasari puts it: “Leonardo undertook to execute, for Francesco del Giocondo, the portrait of Mona Lisa, his wife.”

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How did the painting of the Mona Lisa come about?

  Lisa was everything a man could want in a wife. She soon became pregnant and in early 1496 gave

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The marriage of the real Mona Lisa and her husband was a love story

The suggestion that the silk merchant was deeply in love with his wife—not an inevitable outcome, in an age when

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Who was the real woman behind the Mona Lisa?

Unlike Leonardo’s other sitters, the Mona Lisa (or La Gioconde as she is known in France) was neither a Duke’s

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Why Leonardo painted not one, but two Mona Lisa portraits

As we saw, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci remains a mystery—the source of a growing mythology that continues

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Who is La belle Ferronière?

Duke Ludovico Sforza chose not to marry Cecilia Gallerani, the presumed subject Leonardo’s “Lady with an Ermine.” He instead wedded

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Who is the Mysterious Lady with an Ermine?

Another truly enigmatic painting is the so-called portrait of a Lady with an Ermine, currently in Krakow, Poland. Of all the

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