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