Wednesday 23 January 2019

Mystery of 'Mana Lisa' puts sex in the frame

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa

Alessandra Rizzo in Rome

UNTIL now it has been the secret of the quizzical smile that has enthralled the art world, but a researcher has brought the sex of Mona Lisa into question.

A male apprentice, longtime companion and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci was the main influence and model for the painting, according to Silvano Vinceti.

The apprentice, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salai, worked with Leonardo for more than two decades. Most art historians agree Salai was one of Leonardo's lovers.

Mr Vinceti said similarities with the Mona Lisa's nose and mouth were striking. "Salai was a favourite model for Leonardo," he claimed. "Leonardo certainly inserted characteristics of Salai in the last version of the Mona Lisa."

Irish Independent

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top