Technology reveals Mona Lisa's greatest secret

by JGordon on May. 29th, 2009

I call it "Mona Lisa used to have eyebrow": Is it not beautiful?
I call it "Mona Lisa used to have eyebrow": Is it not beautiful?Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Art historians and the cigarette-smoking, leather jacket-wearing riffraff of academia have long puzzled over the lack of eyebrows on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Is is a subtle clue, meant to lead us to da Vinci's fabled buried gold? Is it, as some claim, simply because ladies at the time weren't into eyebrows, and obsessively removed them any way they could (packing tape, cigarette lighters, chipped flint, etc).

Well, science has proven them all wrong. Some dude with a mega fancy scanning machine has shown that ol' ML used to have eyebrows (and eye lashes!) but they were probably wiped out by "long-ago restoration efforts."

For your convenience, I have included a sciento-artisty restoration of the original Mona Lisa, eyebrows and all.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Thor's picture
Thor says:

Pop a cigar in her mouth and she'll look like Groucho!!

posted on Fri, 05/29/2009 - 3:32pm

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