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Scientists Discover the Legendary Secret Behind the Mona Lisa Smile

August 21, 2015

 

 Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (1503–1517)
Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Source: Artnet news

 

One of the greatest mysteries in art history has been solved: British academics say they have discovered the secret behind the smile of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa by studying a recently discovered portrait by the Renaissance master, La Bella Principessa.

 

By comparing the techniques employed in the two works, scientists from Sheffield Hallam University claim to have proved that the enigmatic “now you see it, now you don't" effect of the Mona Lisa smile was intentional on the part of da Vinci. They have named it "the uncatchable smile."

 

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