Mona Lisa’ model a man, researcher says – The Boston Globe


Some researchers believe that the Mona Lisa is actually at least partly composed of Leonardo’s male assistant, and sometime lover Salai.  Apparently, Leonardo worked on the painting over a period of several years.  He added, and changed elements from multiple sources.  It was common for the Masters in art to compose a picture from multiple people as models – as it was believed that one might have a more perfect nose, another a more beautiful pair of eyes, etc.  There was a search for the perfect in beauty, as a pursuit of truth.

Mona Lisa’ model a man, researcher says – The Boston Globe.

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