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The Real Story Behind the Mona Lisa: A Portrait Shrouded in Mystery and Intrigue

01 Who is the “Mona Lisa”?

The name of this painting has been translated by us as “Mona Lisa”, which makes many people think that the name of the lady in the painting is “Mona Lisa”. But in fact, “Monna” is an Italian word. If translated into English, it should be “Madam” ; if translated into Chinese, it means “Ms.” In other words, the title of the painting is not the name of the lady in the painting. If we directly translate the name of the painting into Chinese, it should be called “Ms. Lisa”. Therefore, at least we should point to the lady in this painting and say: This person is called Lisa, and this painting is called “Lady Lisa” .

So does this “Mona Lisa” have a real name? What kind of identity does this person have that allows Leonardo da Vinci to paint a painting for her? There are many theories, but one of the most convincing ones is that the real name of “Mona Lisa” is Lisa del Giocondo.

According to the records of the 16th-century art history biographer Giorgio Vasari, from 1500 to 1506, Leonardo da Vinci painted a portrait of the third wife of the Florentine merchant Giocondo. At the same time, Vasari suggested that the portrait may not have been completely completed, and that it was possible that Leonardo took the portrait out of Italy. This description seems to fit the Mona Lisa very well. But was it true, as Vasari said, that the portrait was ultimately unfinished? This involves another question – has Leonardo da Vinci delivered this painting? We will discuss this issue in detail later.

In 2008, we got another piece of evidence. While cataloging an early print in the Heidelberg University Library (No. D7620qt.INC), Armin Schlechter discovered that Agostino Vespucci, then a Florentine clerk An entry is recorded: In October 1503, Leonardo painted a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo.

Judging from these materials, the identity of the “Mona Lisa” has been basically confirmed, that is, Mrs. Giocondo. This identity is currently the most recognized by the academic community. Of course, in addition to this statement, there are at least five other theories that speculate on the true identity of the “Mona Lisa” , but these theories are often untenable, and we do not describe them too much.

After confirming the identity of the “Mona Lisa”, we can further learn that this woman named Lisa, like Leonardo da Vinci, is also a Florentine. So this leads to an even stranger question: Leonardo da Vinci provided portrait painting services for a local lady in Florence, so why does this painting appear in the Louvre in France now? Could it be that the painting “Mona Lisa” ran over on its own?

This leads to the second question we want to discuss next: How did the “Mona Lisa” go to France?

02 This kind of painting method was popular at that time

As of 2022, the Louvre has three “treasuries”: “Victory”, “Venus of Milos” and “Mona Lisa” . What’s interesting is that none of these three “treasures” were created by French artists. “Victory” and “Venus of Milos” are both stone sculptures from ancient Greece, and “Mona Lisa” is a painting from Italy – how did they come from the place where they were originally created? What about France?

Here we would like to mention another famous painter of the Renaissance – Raf-faello Santi. Raphael has a famous painting called “Portrait of Young Woman with Unicorn”. If you look closely at this painting, you will find that this painting is unique in terms of composition, posture, and environment. Very similar to the Mona Lisa.

Isn’t this plagiarism? Obviously not. Raphael is “learning”.

Leonardo da Vinci was much older than Raphael. We can see from the available materials that Raphael visited Florence many times around 1504. There are two reasons for this:

First, Raphael was relatively famous at the time, and Florence was a “metropolis” at the time. The average consumption level of local residents was relatively high, so Raphael could get many creative commissions there – he was actually there to make money! Second, Raphael was probably visiting Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to learn advanced painting techniques from these two masters. Now that we see the time when Raphael went to Florence, we will find that this coincides with the time when Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa”. In other words, Raphael most likely met Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa in progress.

The scene at that time was most likely like this: one day, Raphael entered Leonardo da Vinci’s studio, and vaguely felt a person on the right looking at him. When he turned around – wow, a beautiful woman was looking at him. ! Raphael might have asked Leonardo da Vinci: “Who is this, who is this? How come you have such a beautiful model!”

Leonardo da Vinci may have started teaching Raphael and said to him: “Look, this may be a mainstream painting method for portraiture in the future.” So, Raphael learned it under the guidance of da Vinci In this way of painting, I went home and created this “Portrait of a Woman Holding a Unicorn”. In fact, the painting “Portrait of a Woman Holding a Unicorn” also had a client at the time, and it was not a subjective creation by Raphael himself. It can be seen that this kind of painting method was indeed popular at that time .

If we continue to speculate in this direction, two situations are likely to happen at that time: one is that Raphael did see the “Mona Lisa” that Leonardo da Vinci was painting. “Lisa” may have been almost finished; there is another possibility, that is, there is a painting very similar to “Mona Lisa” in the corner of Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. This painting has It may be a manuscript written by Leonardo da Vinci, or it may be a template previously created by Leonardo da Vinci. If you speculate this way, many subsequent portraits were painted according to this template. This template may be a painting very similar to the “Mona Lisa”, and it is even possible that this painting is the “Mona Lisa” .

I am more inclined to the latter conjecture, that is to say, Raphael once saw the template for a portrait like the “Mona Lisa” rather than the “Mona Lisa” itself. This can also explain another problem: this painting was not subjectively created by Leonardo da Vinci himself, but made by him for Giocondo – since there is a client, he has to collect money for the work. The question is, since someone paid for it, then this painting should be delivered to Giocondo. Why is this painting in France now? Was it sent by Giocondo himself, or was it brought by Leonardo da Vinci? In fact, this question already has an answer in the research of today’s art historians.

03 “Mona Lisa”, Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait template

The answer is simple, this painting was brought to France by Leonardo da Vinci himself. This is very interesting. Since Leonardo accepted Giocondo’s money, why did he bring this painting to France? Could it be that you took money from others but didn’t do anything for them? That Da Vinci was too unkind.

In fact, the existing “Mona Lisa” is not only the one in the Louvre , but also the “Ellworth Mona Lisa” (in 1913, Hugh Black, a collector living in Isleworth, London) Purchased this painting, hence the name “Elworth Mona Lisa”. After Hugh’s death in 1936, the painting was inherited by his sister Jane Black. In 1947, Jane died, and American collector Henry Pulitzer (who bought this painting and left it to his girlfriend) , and possibly even a “Mona Lisa” that we have never seen, that used this pose as a reference for portraiture.

If you look at it this way, it is very likely that the “Mona Lisa” we are seeing now is not the “Mona Lisa” that Leonardo da Vinci created for Giocondo. It is very likely that it is just Leonardo’s. A template . This would also explain why this painting was brought to France from Italy by Leonardo da Vinci.

In 1515, the then French King François de Angouléme regained Milan. Not long before this, Leonardo had been heartbroken in Florence, where he lived. His parents died one after another, and his brother had an inheritance dispute with him.

In addition, Florence (then a city-state) had some chaos due to several families fighting for territory, and the social order was very unstable. Therefore, in 1515, Leonardo da Vinci followed François I to France. François I respected Leonardo very much (as can be seen from the picture below) and even gave Leonardo a Manor located very close to the French King’s châteaud’ Amboise. When Leonardo da Vinci moved to his new home, he brought a batch of his works to France from what is now Italy, including the Mona Lisa.

From here, this matter is even more strange. From 1504 to 1506, Leonardo da Vinci should have obviously delivered the painting “Mona Lisa” to Giocondo, handing over the money and delivering the painting to Man, he takes the money himself. So why did Leonardo da Vinci take the “Mona Lisa” that was supposed to have been delivered to France from Italy in 1515, about 10 years later?

There are two possibilities: the first one is that Leonardo da Vinci took money from others but did not do anything for them; the second possibility is that what we just said is that Leonardo da Vinci brought a painting Portrait painting template , when someone wanted to commission a portrait from Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo would show the painting to the client and tell them how he would paint it.

Many paintings at that time were indeed painted based on this template . From the shape of Raphael’s “Portrait of a Woman Holding a Unicorn” we mentioned earlier, we can also see that this posture was very popular at the time. So at that time, painters would prepare a template to show to their employers. This is equivalent to taking wedding photos today. The photographer will first show you a bunch of reference photos. Painters at that time also needed to carry such a template with them , which is why the “Mona Lisa” we see today appeared in France.

Today, in addition to the “Mona Lisa” on display in the Louvre, we can also see several other “Mona Lisas” in other museums, one of which is very likely to be Leonardo da Vinci’s The one that was delivered. In other words, the “Mona Lisa” that Leonardo da Vinci gave to Giocondo is not necessarily the one that Leonardo brought to France from Italy. The “Mona Lisa” we see in the Louvre today “Mona Lisa” is not necessarily the painting that was delivered at that time .

This painting was most likely what Leonardo da Vinci used to display . For example, someone came to Leonardo da Vinci and said, “Please paint me a portrait.” Da Vinci said, “What do you want?” The man said, “I don’t know, what can be painted?” What does it look like?” Da Vinci showed him: “Do you think it would be okay if I painted you like this?” When the man saw the “Mona Lisa”, he immediately said: “This is great, just paint it like this! “So it was painted like this.

A painting like the Mona Lisa, which has a template function, would not be taken seriously when it first came to a country like France, which is full of avant-garde artists . Who would offer wedding photos as art? And it’s not a painting of great significance. So the question is, when did this painting start to be taken seriously? This is what we’re going to talk about next.

04 Mona Lisa disappears Picasso “takes the blame”

“Mona Lisa” was hung in a very inconspicuous place when it first arrived in France. Previously, it was placed in the Amboise Castle where Francois I lived. Since the royal family also had to move, the Mona Lisa was moved to Fontainebleau with the emperor, and was later collected by Louis XIV in the Palace of Versailles.

During the French Revolution, Napoleon snatched away the Mona Lisa after a random beating. It is said that Napoleon placed the “Mona Lisa” in his bedroom at that time – maybe Napoleon did like this painting better. But there is a big problem with placing oil paintings in the bedroom – it will not receive professional maintenance and will be damaged due to environmental problems. But it didn’t take long for Napoleon to be exiled, and later the “Mona Lisa” entered the Louvre.

Until this time, the “Mona Lisa” was not a painting that received special attention. It had been in the Louvre for hundreds of years. When did it start to be taken seriously? It was after that famous theft.

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa mysteriously disappeared . When it first disappeared, people didn’t take it too seriously (you can tell how little attention it had at that time). The staff in charge of the Louvre at the time even thought that the painting had been taken away for study, and no one cared about it.

Later, when the staff of the Louvre discovered that the painting had not been returned, they suddenly became alert and felt that something was fishy. After a later investigation, I found that the painting had not been borrowed for study, but had actually been lost. At this time, the Louvre seemed to have exploded. Newspapers and police were reported, and the whole of Paris became active for the loss of this painting. During the investigation, the Paris police also captured a suspect. This male suspect suspected of theft is very familiar to us. He is Pablo Picasso.

Why would you doubt a great artist? This is not entirely without reason. At that time, Spanish Picasso was a foreigner to Paris, and he did purchase several small sculptures lost in the Louvre, which aroused the suspicion of the police and Louvre officials. So they simply arrested Pablo Picasso.

Picasso was also very wronged and thought: I didn’t know when I bought the things that they were stolen goods. I bought them because they were fun. Now that this painting is lost, what does it have to do with me? Fortunately, in the end, because there was really no evidence, they let Picasso go , which became a joke in art history. After a long investigation, the Paris police finally targeted a temporary staff member of the Louvre, his name was Vincenzo Peruggia, who was responsible for the theft. The culprit.

Vincenzo Perugia was responsible for making the frame for the painting. While he was making the frame, he stole the painting. It is said that when he stole the painting, he did not take the painting away directly, but hid it in the Louvre. Later, when he came to the Louvre to work, he secretly took the painting out. These specific details only came to light after Perugia was captured.

On Sunday, August 20, 1911, because the museum is usually closed on Mondays and the security system is relatively relaxed, Perugia hid in the museum on this Sunday night, waiting for Monday morning to come.

Finally, Monday came, when he went straight to the Mona Lisa and took it away without any security measures – to say he “stole” it was an understatement of the Louvre’s security measures at the time, He just “took” it. It is said that he was wearing a white overalls and looked no different from other staff members, which made the security personnel at the time not suspicious at all.

It was not until Tuesday, August 22, that the French artist Louis Behold, who made his living by copying paintings, came to the Louvre Museum to prepare a copy of the “Mona Lisa”. Only 4 nails were left to hang the picture.

After Perugia stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre, he hid it in his apartment in Paris for two years. In the past two years, the whole of Paris has gone crazy – this painting cannot be found! This painting has disappeared from the Louvre! However, it is precisely because of this disappearance that it has become famous ever since .

Let’s focus on the thief for now. Why did this Perugia steal the Mona Lisa? According to Perugia’s own account, we get a ridiculous answer.

Perugia was an Italian who brought the Mona Lisa to his native Italy after he hid it for two years. Perugia subjectively believed that this painting should be Italian. Something must have gone wrong and the French had snatched the painting from Italy to France . Therefore, as a passionate young man, Perugia believed that he must make some contributions to his country, so he stole the painting back to his hometown.

But it is a pity that Perugia has never studied art history, and maybe he did not study history very well, because when Leonardo da Vinci created the painting “Mona Lisa”, this region of Italy was not yet ours. The country known today as “Italy”.

So not only was the painting not stolen by the French, but the Italy he loved was not the same Italy at that time. After he brought the Mona Lisa back to Italy from France, he took the painting to a gallery in Florence – he wanted the painting to enter the Uffizi Gallery in Florence through this gallery. Gallery).

The gallery owner called Fratelli who came to Perugia was shocked when he saw the painting. I thought to myself, “Hey guys, how could someone sell this painting to me? Who dares to take this hot potato?” So Fratelli invited Giovanni Poggi, the then director of the Uffizi Gallery, to appraise the painting together. It turned out that the painting was real, and Porgy immediately notified the police without saying a word. It didn’t take long for police to arrest Perugia at the hotel.

Apparently things didn’t turn out the way Perugia wanted. Giovanni Poggi, director of the Uffizi Gallery, is very well versed in history and art history, and he knew that this painting did not belong to Italy. This painting was brought to France by Leonardo da Vinci himself, and it was a legitimate transaction at that time. It was not snatched from Italy by the French. So even though the painting was already in Italy, Uffizi director Giovanni Poggi could only keep the Mona Lisa on display there for a few weeks.

In 1913, the Mona Lisa was returned to the Louvre in France. As soon as the “Mona Lisa” was returned to the Louvre, it became completely popular. Everyone rushed to the Louvre to see this painting with a story.

Finally, the fate of this Perugia was also very strange. It stands to reason that for making such a big noise, he should be sentenced to a heavy sentence. However, in the court, everyone agreed that Perugia committed the crime out of patriotic ideals and asked the judge to give him a lighter sentence . Therefore, Perugia was only sentenced to 1 year and 15 days in prison. Later, he was called “Italy’s great patriot” by some Italian citizens, and he only served 7 months in prison.

Perugia’s later life was also dramatic. During World War I, Perugia served in Italy. While serving, he was captured by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and held as a prisoner of war for two years before being released at the end of the war. After this, Perugia returned to France with his daughter and began to work as a painter and decorator. On October 8, 1925, on his 44th birthday, he died in the suburbs of Paris, ending his legendary life.

So, is Perugia a true patriot? I think he might not be that noble. Because when he sent this painting to Florence, he went to a local art dealer in Florence instead of a museum. He hoped to sell the painting back to Italy for a fee of 500,000 lire. The amount of money was not small at the time, so he had a profit motive and was not a fanatical patriot as rumored .

After the “Mona Lisa” was stolen by him, it became completely popular, but this thing is still very strange – why did the “Mona Lisa” become so popular? There are many lost works of art in the world. Van Gogh lost so many paintings, many of which we don’t even know what they look like. The Mona Lisa became so popular after it was lost only once. Where do the values ​​and prices of products come from? This is what we will discuss next.

05 Mona Lisa Marketing

When the “Mona Lisa” was returned to the Louvre, the front page of the newspaper “Supreme” at the time read “The Mona Lisa is back.” The time was January 1, 1914. This is Proof that the Mona Lisa began to be re-exhibited on this day.

From this moment on, the Mona Lisa truly began its glorious life . But the problem is that there are so many stolen paintings, why is the “Mona Lisa” so popular? This has to mention the various coincidences that occurred in the painting “Mona Lisa”.

The first coincidence lies in the fact that the person who stole it – Perugia, has always been considered a patriot. But this statement is very controversial, and the French and Italians have been quarreling over this statement . The Italians believe that he is patriotic, and the logic they adhere to is “Although we in Italy will eventually return this painting to France, Perugia is a patriot.”

But the French believe that “Perugia has destroyed our cultural relics, and we must bring him to justice. He is a bad person, how can he become a patriot?” Therefore, as soon as this view appears and there is a quarrel, everyone Everyone knows that everyone is willing to export their opinions to others, which makes “Mona Lisa” very popular during this period of time.

The second one is about the painting “Mona Lisa” itself. This painting is a portrait painting, but who is it painting? This issue has always been talked about by people, but no one paid attention to it before. When the painting was lost and there was not much visible image material, people had to make every possible guess as to who the painting was .

At the same time, people found the Isleworth Mona Lisa. In addition, this theft also involves art giants such as Picasso. The above factors make this painting more mysterious, and everyone wants to know who is painted in this painting. Again this has a spreading effect.

The third chance coincidence is the most dramatic. “Mona Lisa” was lost in 1911. At that time, there was a literary work that was popular in Europe. The influence of this work continues to this day. It has been adapted into countless movies, TV series, and cartoons. It is “Sherlock Holmes” . At that time, “Sherlock Holmes” was still being serialized . In our current parlance, many people were struggling to “catch up”. This work has been translated into various languages ​​and has become popular in Europe and America. It has directly led to the whole Europe being “Detective Conan” , and everyone feels that they are a highly intelligent private detective.

It just so happened that the “Mona Lisa” was stolen at this time. It was the right time, the right place, the right people, and it didn’t matter whether it was a good idea or not. Therefore, after the “Mona Lisa” was lost, as soon as news reporters reported it (many media outlets were paying attention at the same time), everyone began to use their hobby – solving the case .

Everyone took to the streets to look for clues, which turned the spread of the Mona Lisa into a very significant phenomenon-level marketing event. When things have developed to this point, the popularity of “Mona Lisa” has naturally increased. It is said that at that time, someone even took a boat trip from the United States to France to investigate the theft of the Mona Lisa. This is a bit unimaginable to us today.

These coincidences caused the fate of this painting to be completely different from that of other lost paintings. The perfect time, place, and people when the “Mona Lisa” was lost made the painting popular . But so far, the “Mona Lisa” only has popularity, and it does not have high value. So how does the real high value come from?

06 Fame spread across the ocean

In terms of “luck value”, the painting “Mona Lisa” is definitely the most “lucky” painting among all paintings. On January 16, 1963, an advertisement on the second page of the Washington Post read: Your family and health are as priceless as the Mona Lisa. Both need protection from winter. Dry damage . It can be seen that the reputation of this painting has spread to the United States across the ocean. But is it really that famous? In fact, there is another layer of serendipity here.

On January 8, 1963, the “Mona Lisa” appeared in the United States. It is very difficult for a national treasure-level cultural relic to go abroad. So, how did this painting make its way to the United States? This is actually a more interesting story.

After the end of World War II, the relationship between countries was actually not stable. At this time, the ideologies of the East and the West were in tit-for-tat, and the Cold War situation between the United States and the Soviet Union was in a stalemate. At this time, the talks between U.S. President Kennedy, who had just taken office four months ago, and the then French leader Charles de Gaulle did not go well.

Therefore, Jacqueline Kennedy, the first lady of the United States at the time, hoped to persuade Andre Malraux, the then French Minister of Culture, to lend an important cultural relic to the United States for exhibition and use cultural diplomacy to promote relations between the two countries . On the surface, this matter was cultural diplomacy, but behind it was the United States’ hope that France would show its support to the Soviet Union and side with the United States. Under such circumstances, France actually has no choice. So this painting was loaned to the United States.

However, the process was not so smooth. The French did not directly agree to the Americans. They did not agree with this national treasure painting being loaned to the United States for exhibition. As a result, they created a wave of public opinion and even insured the “Mona Lisa”. The amount of this insurance was as high as 100 million U.S. dollars , and 100 million U.S. dollars in that era was worth more than 100 million U.S. dollars today. , the value of this painting was also reflected for the first time at this time.

After this painting arrived in the United States, it became a sensation throughout the United States. The reasons for the sensation include the artistic charm of the painting itself, the accumulation of those crazy stories in the early stage, and the secret efforts of the Americans in international politics – the Americans wanted to use cultural diplomacy to build momentum, so as to tell the Soviet Union at the time: France Already stand with the United States.

Since then, this painting has truly become a painting with a clear price tag. On the first day after the painting arrived in the United States, then-President Kennedy brought his wife to the exhibition to build momentum for the painting.

The people who came to watch the exhibition on the first day were obviously very important people. More than 2,000 American dignitaries alone came. After that day, the exhibition situation got out of control. In the next three weeks, about 500,000 people came to view this painting. Every day, this painting was crowded with people. It was much bigger than the “Montgomery” we saw in the Louvre today. The scene before “Nalisa” is even hotter.

The painting was exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and later moved to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This time it’s even worse! At that time, New York was both vibrant and prosperous, and patriotism was prevalent. Therefore, people in New York obviously spend more on artistic performance than people in other areas. As soon as they heard that the “Mona Lisa” was coming to New York, you can imagine the excitement.

As a result, this painting set records twice: During the exhibition of “Mona Lisa” at the National Gallery of Art, approximately 518,500 people viewed this painting; during the exhibition of “Mona Lisa” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, approximately 518,500 people viewed this painting. 1,077,500 people viewed the painting, setting a record for attendance at the Met at the time. The painting only stayed at the Metropolitan Museum for a month, which means that on average, more than 30,000 people viewed the painting every day . It is said that the average person at that time could only view this painting for 4 seconds.

Such a famous painting also became popular in the American advertising industry at that time, which led to our famous advertising slogan: Your family and health are as priceless as the “Mona Lisa”. The commercial value of the “Mona Lisa” and its price were finalized in this diplomatic event. This diplomatic event not only promoted the diplomatic relations between the two countries, but also added a layer of value to the painting.

By this time, “Mona Lisa” had completely entered its most popular period. This fire continues to this day. Therefore, the fame of “Mona Lisa” and its high value are not due to the high artistic attainments of the painting itself, but because of the many stories it brought us after its creation . There are many smaller stories about the “Mona Lisa”. If these small stories were placed on other paintings, they would be infinitely magnified and make it famous. But the loss of the Mona Lisa and the trip to America were both too sensational, so these other little stories were lost in history.

07 “Mona Lisa”, The best “treatment” among all paintings

From being stolen to being exhibited in the United States, the fate of the Mona Lisa changed significantly by chance. In other words, Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic attainments and painting skills alone are not enough for this painting to match its popularity today. This is also something we often overlook when studying the history of painting – the value of a painting is often not determined on the day it is completed . Completion only gives it a starting point of value.

There are many interesting stories related to the painting “Mona Lisa”. For example, the “Mona Lisa” was hidden during several wars. During World War II, France hid the “Mona Lisa” and other artworks in southern France in order to ensure that the Louvre’s artworks would not be damaged by the war (at least not snatched away by the Germans). The reason is simple – the south is close to Italy. The Italians are better able to protect cultural relics than the French .

After the Mona Lisa was lost and found, Italy promised France that it would return the Mona Lisa to the Louvre. In the “Mona Lisa” touring exhibition in Italy, led by the Uffizi Museum in Florence, it was equipped with a very exquisite and beautiful decorative frame when it was exhibited in Florence, Rome, and Milan. The Italians even equipped it with an honor guard, beating gongs and drums every day to attract everyone to watch . You must know that no painting has ever received such treatment. “Mona Lisa” is definitely not the best painting technique among all paintings, but it is definitely the best “treatment” among all paintings.

In 1956, a Bolivian man threw a rock at the Mona Lisa with such force that it caused irreparable damage to the color of the painting. Since then, the “Mona Lisa” has been installed with bulletproof glass, so that it cannot be damaged by any attack.

On April 21, 1974, the Mona Lisa was loaned out again, this time to the National Museum of Japan in Tokyo. While on display, a Japanese woman spray-painted it with red paint. But this woman didn’t do this crazy thing because she hated the Mona Lisa. She did it to protest that the museum did not provide special access for disabled people. However, the painting had complete protective measures at the time, so it was not “injured”.

If these stories were told about other paintings, it would definitely be big news, but compared to the experience before the “Mona Lisa”, it is completely worth mentioning.

In recent years, our information technology has developed rapidly. The information everyone gets is complex and diverse, and there are many people producing information. “Mona Lisa” has always been a topic that various art marketing accounts cannot avoid. We can often see such words as “There are aliens in the painting “Mona Lisa”” “Mona Lisa smiles” “Why is it so mysterious?” and other various marketing articles. Some people speculated “Does the Mona Lisa have teeth?” · Vinci’s Self-Portrait” … It really has everything to say, but after all, these are just topics hyped by our contemporary people, and they cannot be used as reference information for the painting “Mona Lisa”.

If we want to know more about this painting, we must find some materials left behind when the “Mona Lisa” was created. But if we really find out the true state of the painting when it was created, or the story of what happened when Leonardo da Vinci was creating it, maybe we will find that those things are very boring, and this is just an ordinary portrait , just Just like the one-inch photos we took in the photo studio today. Therefore, the really interesting story about this painting happened after it was created, and these things are often overlooked by people.

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