Black Friday Is Almost Here!
The Inventory team is rounding up deals you don’t want to miss, now through Cyber Monday. Click here to browse!

Theory: "Mona Lisa" Was Actually Da Vinci's Boyfriend

Illustration for article titled Theory: Mona Lisa Was Actually Da Vincis Boyfriend

Although there are many ideas about the identity of the Mona Lisa's model, the latest is noteworthy: historian Silvano Vinceti believes the painting was based on a male apprentice of Leonardo's — and his lover.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Theory: Mona Lisa Was Actually Da Vincis Boyfriend


Reports the AP,

The apprentice, Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salai, worked with Leonardo for more than two decades starting in 1490. Vinceti described their relationship as "ambiguous," and most art historians agree Salai was a Leonardo lover. Several Leonardo works, including "St. John the Baptist," were based on Salai, Vinceti said.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Theory: Mona Lisa Was Actually Da Vincis Boyfriend


He notes the similarities in the features, especially the mouth and nose. However, for a while there's been a general consensus that the portrait depicted a Florentine merchant's wife. Vincenti's not denying that their might have been other, female models — he points out that the painting was done over many years and probably incorporated a range of influences, philosophical and otherwise.

Vincenti is a bit of a scholar out of Dan Brown: last year he claimed to have found Caravaggio's bones. And some of his evidence is ready for prime-time. Says the AP,

He combines state-of-the-art, CSI-like techniques with old-fashioned library research. Analyzing high-definition scanned images of the "Mona Lisa," Vinceti claimed in recent weeks to have found the letter "S'' and "L'' in the model's eyes, and the number "72" under the arched bridge in the backdrop of the painting. He attaches several symbolic meanings to these letters: the "S'' pointed him to Salai and the Sforza dynasty that ruled Milan, while the "L'' is a reference to the artist himself and Lisa Gherardini.

Advertisement

Other scholars, meanwhile, remain skeptical.


Male Model Behind The Mona Lisa, Expert Claims [AP]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

drunkexpatwriter
DrunkExPatWriter

God, live in France and you will come to hate the Mona Lisa. Every human being who comes to visit you will want to see the damn thing, be mystified that it's not really called the Mona Lisa and completely ignore the roughly 9,000 more interesting pieces of art in the Louvre.

It's worse now that you have Dan Brown fans trying to stick their faces up to the glass to see hidden secrets in the fucking thing.