What are some myths surrounding the Mona Lisa, painted by Da Vinci?I am trying to finish this study guide for one of my exams and the last question is this. I have looked all over the Internet, but...

What are some myths surrounding the Mona Lisa, painted by Da Vinci?

I am trying to finish this study guide for one of my exams and the last question is this. I have looked all over the Internet, but I can't quite seem to find it. Thank you :)

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Among the myths, legends and uncertainties that surround Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa--the most famous painting in the world:

  • The background of the painting was influenced by Chinese art.
  • Leonardo, as well as his mother, had earlier been rumored as the original sitter.
  • At one time, the painting was believed to have been altered in size; historians now believe otherwise.
  • At one point it was believed that Leonardo had created an earlier version, but it is now believed that it was a copy by another artist.
  • It was once believed that Leonardo had painted a copy of Mona Lisa¬†in the nude!
  • A 3D infrared scan concluded that the sitter's hair is not free flowing but is actually pinned or attached to a bonnet.
  • Although¬†Mona Lisa has no visible facial hair, a single eyebrow hair was discovered under extreme magnification.
  • Magnification also shows that the model's hands were earlier painted in a different position.
  • Some scholars believe that the sitter for the portrait was pregnant at the time.
  • Scientists believe that the sitter may have suffered from high cholesterol and even lipoma (a benign tumor).
  • It is possible that there are tiny letters and numbers in the eyes of Mona Lisa.

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