Is Monalisa painting male or female?

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The Mona Lisa has almost always been assumed to be a woman, but claims have recently been made that the model for the painting may actually have been a male.  However, those claims have been disputed, and so this seems to be one of those historical disputes that may be...

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The Mona Lisa has almost always been assumed to be a woman, but claims have recently been made that the model for the painting may actually have been a male.  However, those claims have been disputed, and so this seems to be one of those historical disputes that may be debated until further proof for one side or the other is discovered. Here's a link about the recent claims:

http://news.discovery.com/history/mona-lisa-da-vinci-110202.html

 

 

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This is a great question. As the previous posted stated, most people believe that the painting is of a woman. However, if you look at the picture carefully and for along time, you will begin to question your first assessment. There are qualities of the picture that give it an almost genderless look. And there is little in the painting that mark it as definitely as female. I believe that this was intentional.

Many great works of art are liminal. What I mean by that is great works of art are not easily definable. There are qualities that seem to trascend our natural categories. I beleive that the Mona Lisa is an example of this.

With all this said, the prevailing opinion is that the Mona Lisa is a woman, but a small minority is open to the gender.

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