Mona Lisa: Based On Leonardo’s Gay Lover?

Mona Lisa’s smile was based in part on Leonardo Da Vinci’s male lover, an art historian has claimed. The famous portrait that hangs in the Louvre in Paris has undergone infra-red analysis to give the art world more insight into one of the world’s most renowned paintings. Following his examinations, Silvano Vinceti believes the artwork is an amalgamation of two models: a rich Florentine merchant’s wife, Lisa Gherardini, and da Vinci’s apprentice Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known to the artist as Salai, or Little Devil.

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