Friday, January 18, 2008

Mona Lisa Gherardini Men Have Named You

A year after researchers found the resting place of Lisa Gherardini and some of her living descendants, it has been confirmed that the wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo was the model for da Vinci's most famous portrait.

[Library director Veit] Probst has now revealed that dated notes scribbled in the margins of a book at Heidelberg University library by its owner in October 1503, first found by Armin Schlechter, a manuscript expert, confirm once and for all that Lisa del Giocondo was indeed the model, and her husband most likely the man who commissioned the portrait. [Link]

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