‘Hidden Portrait’ found under Mona Lisa: French scientist

‘Hidden Portrait’ found under Mona Lisa: French scientist

‘Hidden Portrait’ found under Mona Lisa: French scientist

Written by Staff Writer

09 Dec, 2015 | 6:12 pm

Mona Lisa, known for its ultimate work of art, world famous in the minds of millions remains a mystery fuelling endless speculation and theories.

Was Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa actually not another Lisa Gherardini? That is the question which has divided the art world this week after French scientist Pascal Cotte revealed the findings of a decade’s worth of work: that there is a painting underneath the surface of the Mona Lisa of a totally different woman.

A reconstruction shows another image of a sitter looking off to the side, the BBC reported.

The Louvre Museum, where the famous painting is housed, has declined to comment on his claims because it “was not part of the scientific team”.

Leonardo is believed to have worked on the painting between 1503 and 1517 while working in Florence and later in France.

The Mona Lisa has been the subject of several scientific examinations over more than half a century. More recent techniques include infrared inspections and multi-spectral scanning.

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