Who was the real woman behind the Mona Lisa?

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Unlike Leonardo’s other sitters, the Mona Lisa (or La Gioconde as she is known in France) was neither a Duke’s courtesan nor a noblewoman in her own right. Nor can she claim to be particularly beautiful—not by the standards of her day, in any case, and certainly not by Leonardo’s own, given his skill in painting the face of an angel.


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