Thursday, 10 December 2015
Was Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa actually not another Lisa Gherardini? That is the question which has divided the art world this week after French scientist Pascal Cotte revealed that there is a painting underneath the surface of the Mona Lisa of a totally different woman.
Cotte has used Layer Amplification Method, a process of projecting a series of intense lights on to the painting and measuring their reflections to see how it was created. After reconstructing the layers found underneath the surface of the Mona Lisa, Cotte said: 'I was in front of the portrait and she is totally different to Mona Lisa today. This is not the same woman.'