Well look it here – we’ve been duped!
For years we’ve looked at the semi-homely Mona Lisa and wondered why she had captivated the heart of Leonardo Di Vinci enough to paint her. But what if she was a he?
Many believed for years that the woman who sat for Di Vinci was Lisa Gheradini, the wife of a merchant who commissioned the painting but Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian National Committee for Cultural Heritage says that these claims are incorrect.
He says that the image of the Mona Lisa was actually based on Da Vinci’s assistant and “close” friend Gian Giacomo Caprotti or “Salai”.
While Vinceti does not outright state that they were lovers, he says their relationship was ambigious.The NY Daily News reported that Vincetti spoke at a press conference and stated, “Leonardo certainly inserted characteristics of Salai in the last version of the Mona Lisa.”
Beyond that, Da Vinci also left clues within the painting:
“Close examination of a high-quality digital copy of the portrait had revealed an L for Leonardo and an S for Salai,” he said.
He also mentions that the same nose and mouth in the Mona Lisa is similar to other Da Vinci works such as “St. John the Baptist” and “Angel Incarnate”.
Over the years, there have been claims that the Mona Lisa was a self-portrait or that there was hidden biblical symbols in the painting.
Based on the images above, Do you believe that the Mona Lisa was Really a man?