Thursday, October 06, 2011

New theory about the background of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

It is arguably the most famous and highly debated portrait ever, but new research has sparked a debate about the landscape behind Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The enigmatic work, which hangs in the Louvre in Paris, has been the subject of speculation for centuries. Now Donato Pezzutto, a Canadian doctor and amateur art historian, has come up with a startling theory about the work’s background.

He maintains if the right and left halves of the painting are reversed and aligned, the landscape that emerges is a scene from central Italy which corresponds to the da Vinci’s own map of the area.

Click here to read this article from the Ottawa Citizen

Click here to read a more indepth article from the Art News

Click here to access the article Leonardo's Val di Chiana Map in the Mona Lisa