More than just rumours have come to raise curiosity on the fact that the ‘Mona Lisa’ of Leonardo da Vinci on display at the Louvre in Paris Museum was not painted in Florence and not ‘the FlorenceMonna Lisa Gherardini as previously thought.

That is an interesting scoop to investigate on! The enigmatic woman that gazes from her portrait at the viewers, and follows you, moving across the room is not the only one in the world. The Mona Lisa or in other words La Gioconda has been the center of many artistic, religious, and theoretical debates but apart from that it is definitely one of the most popular paintings worldwide!

It is thought to be ‘ a framework that Leonardo da Vinci painted ‘in 1513, commissioned by Giuliano de’ Medici who wanted to retract his mistress. Talking of the other hypothesis on the masterpiece, the scholar Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale in Vinci, on a conference in Florence, said that there would have existed a second ‘Mona Lisa’ made by Leonardo. According to the scholar who has examined documents, but also works from private collections, there are at least two ‘Mona Lisas’. The Mona Lisa  seen in the Louvre, studied through the artistic methods and style,  was commissioned by Giuliano de ‘Medici after 1513. The misterious “second”‘ Mona Lisa seems to have been painted a decade earlier in Leonardo’s second Florentine period between 1502 and 1506!
As written by the legendary painter-architect Giorgio Vasari, the painting was left unfinished after a painful process. The fates are unknown but might actually represent Mona Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo which could then connect to why many historians think that the present Mona Lisa is a potrait of Da Vinci in  a femminine form. There are big debates that carry on until today of where the truth may lie. In any case the fact remains that this potrait has a sort of feminine mystique in it.
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