Why is the Mona
Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona
Lisa on a piece of pine wood in the
Never in the history of Art has one
painting been so admired.
This is due largely to the
enigmatic smile, which has
He recorded in his notebooks the
records of model sittings; but nowhere can be found any
records of the Mona Lisa model
sitting. Why is that? Who posed for him?
Dr. Lillian Schwartz of Bell Labs
suggests that Leonardo painted himself, and was able to support her
by analyzing the facial features of
Leonardo's face and that of the famous painting,
She digitized both the
self-portrait of the artist and the Mona Lisa.
flipped the self portrait and merged the two images
together using a computer.
She noticed the features of the
aligned perfectly !