New images uncover 25 secrets about the Mona Lisa, including proof that Leonardo da Vinci gave her eyebrows, solving a long-held mystery.
The images are part of an exhibition, "Mona Lisa Secrets Revealed," which features new research by French engineer Pascal Cotte and debuts in the
The infrared images also revealed da Vinci's preparatory drawings that lie behind layers of varnish and paint, showing that the Renaissance man was also human.
"If you look at the left hand you see the first position of the finger, and he changed his mind for another position," Cotte said. "Even Leonardo da Vinci had hesitation."
Other revelations include:
1. Lace on Mona Lisa's dress
2. The transparency of the veil shows da Vinci first painted a landscape and then used transparency techniques to paint the veil atop it.
3. A change in the position of the left index and middle finger.
4. The elbow was repaired from damage due to a rock thrown at the painting in 1956.
5. The blanket covering Mona Lisa's knees also covers her stomach.
6. The left finger was not completely finished.
7. A blotch mark on the corner of the eye and chin are varnish accidents, countering claims that 8. Mona Lisa was sick.
9. And the Mona Lisa was painted on uncut poplar board, contrary to speculations.
In the larger picture, Cotte said when he stands back and looks up at the enlarged infrared image of Mona Lisa, her beauty and mystique are apparent.
"If you are in front of this huge enlargement of Mona Lisa, you understand instantly why Mona Lisa is so famous," Cotte said. He added, it's something you have to see with your own eyes.
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