Interesting Facts About Mona Lisa

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  • The name of the painting, Mona Lisa was the result of a spelling error! The original name of the painting was Monna Lisa. Monna in Italian is a short form of Madonna, meaning ‘My Lady’.

  • Most people know that Leonardo da Vinci is the artist, but many believe that the woman’s identity is unknown. Some even think that it’s him – Leonardo da Vinci himself in the female form. The most commonly believed theory is that the woman is Lisa Gherardini, born in 1479. She was 24 and the mother of two sons when she posed for the painting.
  • The painting has an imperfection. In 1956, a man named Ugo Ungaza threw a stone at the painting. This resulted in a small patch of damaged paint next to her left elbow.
  • The painting was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in broad daylight by an employee in 1911. It was quickly recovered two years later.
  • The painting has its own room in the Louvre Museum in Paris and is protected in a climate controlled environment, encased in bullet proof glass.
  • This special room at Louvre Museum in Paris was built especially for the painting and cost the museum over seven million dollars. The painting is considered priceless and cannot be insured. Over 6 million people visit the Louvre every year and the “Mona Lisa” is viewed by nearly all of them.
  • It is rumored that the reason she has no eyebrows in the painting is because during one of the first times they were trying to clean and restore the painting the eyebrows were accidentally removed. Other thoughts are that Leonardo, who was the consummate perfectionist, never finished the painting, as most of his paintings were left unfinished.
  • The French engineer, Pascal Cotte examined the portrait using a high definition camera. This camera magnified the Mona Lisa’s face 24times and he discovered that there are minute lines and a single brushstroke of a single hair around the eye.
  • Studies have shown that there are three different layers painted before the present version of the painting. One version has her hands clutching her arm instead of the chair in front of her.

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