Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Mona Lisa copy may have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci's lover, art historians suggest
The most likely candidate is Gian Giacomo Caprotti, the apprentice known as "Salaì" - which translates as "Little Devil" - who went to work in Leonardo's workshop when he was ten years old.
Many historians believe, though it is not proven, that Salaì was Leonardo's lover. He is presumed to be the youthful model for Leonardo's paintings 'St. John the Baptist' and 'Bacchus', as well as numerous drawings.
The Renaissance art historian Giorgio Vasari describes Salaì in his 'Lives of the Artists' as "a graceful and beautiful youth with curly hair, in which Leonardo greatly delighted"
Click here to read this article from The Daily Telegraph