Leonardo! Say it isn’t so!!
Italian researchers who specialise in resolving art mysteries said today they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa – and claimed he was a man.
Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born Renaissance artist’s male apprentice and possible lover Salai was the main inspiration for the picture.
Personnel at The Louvre, where the painting hangs, beg to differ, however.
- Was a male apprentice the model for the Mona Lisa? (ctv.ca)
- Was the Mona Lisa a man? (thestar.com)
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