It appears there is another 'discovery' about the Mona Lisa. She's mentioned prominently in my vampire tale Blood Art, so I thought I'd let you know that according to the latest research by Silvano Vinceti, a male model posed for the portrait, and he was supposedly Leonardo's lover.
There is prior mention of the possibility, so this isn't really new, of course some experts are saying yes, maybe, and others no.
Does it really matter who posed for the portrait? In all honesty, it's not one of my favorite pieces, and the first time I saw it I thought, is that all there is? I simply do not see the mystery, the romance, the fantastic eyes, the smile, the hands and whatever else others see. I see a lovely portrait. It's not the size, although it is a small wooden panel, it's just that I don't see what others do. That is the wonder of art.
Given all the hoopla and the mystery surrounding the model, and the perfection of the hands, the mysterious smile, etc...there will always be new studies, new research, new written works to delve into the painting and the mystery of the Mona Lisa, and the life of the fascinating true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci and his other masterpieces. It's as it should be.
The portrait aside, the man was an incredible talent, whose thirst for knowledge and great curiosity about life led him to see astounding possibilities for the future. A truly remarkable man. Any new 'discovery' about Leonardo da Vinci is welcome, brings us maybe a bit closer in understanding his magnificent talent.
Learning something new, a new discovery, a new concept, idea...it is always a good thing. Learning is good, no matter the scale.
Till next time,
A Hotel in Paris