Florence, 12 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Silvano Vincenti, a self-proclaimed Italian art history sleuth, claims he may be close to identifying the body of Leonardo da Vinci’s real Mona Lisa, following the recovering of eight skeletons from Florence’s Sant’Orsola.
The Italian crypt is thought to be the resting place of Gheradini, the wife of a Renaissance-era silk merchant, who is traditionally considered to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait. Vincenti removed eight skeletons from the building last year, 300 years after it was last opened, and has selected three to undergo carbon data tests at the University of Bologna.
Vincenti then hopes to open the tomb of Gheradini’s husband, Francesco di Bartolomeo del Giocondo, which contains the remains of her son. The researcher hopes that a DNA link will be found between the corpses, enabling him to move into the “most exciting” phase of reconstructing her face.
Art historians, however, remain skeptical about claims. Tomaso Montanari criticised the project, stating that the number of women buried in the Sant’Orsola convent meant looking for a particular one risked failure. Others have discredited Vincenti’s credentials as a researcher: the “historian” has previously claimed to have discovered Caravaggio’s bones, claimed that the initials “LV” were visible in Mona Lisa’s right pupil, and suggested that a young male had been an inspiration for the work – theories which have all since been refuted by experts.
Florence, 13 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA)
Since 11 May, a team of archaeologists have been trying to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini’s, the woman thought to have posed for the Mona Lisa. Gherardini’s remains were interred at the Saint-Ursula convent in Florence. An analysis of her skull will now enable the world to know if the body is truly the Mona Lisa’s.
According to Stefania Romano, one of the project leaders, the reconstruction of the skull of Lisa Gherardini (1479-1542) will be compared to Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait, in order to find some similarities. Once the corpse is exhumed, a DNA test will be run on the bones, which will then be compared to those of Gherardini descendants.
The group is led by controversial Italian archaeologist Silvano Vincenti. According to him, the Jocund was completed from two different models. First, from a woman, Mona Lisa, and second, from a man, Gian Giacomi Caprotti, da Vinci’s disciple, who was the sitter for Saint John the Baptist. Vincenti declares that the similar features between the Jocund and Saint Jean Baptist suggest that the same model was used for both paintings.
Though most people consider that Mona Lisa was a real woman, no concrete or scientific evidence has been found. The entire art community is hoping the operation will confirm that the famous portrait really is Lisa Gherardini’s. The body has not been found yet but the archaeologists continue to excavate the Florentine convent.
Rome, 4 February 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Silvano Vinceti, chairman of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage has concluded, after much research, that the Mona Lisa is a man. The Musée du Louvre rejects this hypothesis.
According to Silvano Vincenti, the most mysterious secret in the history of art has been revealed. In December 2010, he announced that he had discovered a “secret code” hidden in the Mona Lisa’s eyes. He was able to make out the letter “L”, referring to Leonardo, painted on the left eye, as well as a “S”, for Salai, on the right eye. According to Vinceti, Salai, da Vinci’s assistant and “muse”, is the man depicted on the painting.
Salai’s real name was Gian Giacomo Caprotti. He accompanied Leonardo da Vinci to France at the end of the artist’s life. He is said to have posed for various portraits, including John the Baptist. Vincenti declares that the Mona Lisa and Saint John the Baptist are very similar, especially the noses and the mouths.
This new hypothesis and umpteenth speculation about the Mona Lisa, is once again contested by the Musée du Louvre, which owns the painting. The museum said to the Association Française de Presse (AFP) that the painting had been examined in 2004 and 2009 and no letters or numbers were revealed. The Louvre affirms that the supposed letters are just cracks in the painting.
Rome, 13 January 2011. AMA.
Silvani Vincenti, an Italian researcher and chairman of Italy’s National Committee for Cultural Heritage, affirms he has discovered the letter “S” in Mona Lisa’s left eye, the letter “L” under her right eye and the number “72” under the arched bridge in the background.
According to Vincenti, these symbols open new leads in the authentication of the model and attest to Leonardo da Vinci’s interest in religion and mysticism.
The oil painting, conserved at the Louvre, was commissioned in 1503 by Florentine art dealer Francesco del Giocondo. He asked da Vinci to take the portrait of his wife, Lisa Gherardini. The painting was never handed to Francesco as the Italian master took it to France in 1516.
According to Vincenti, the “S” refers to the Sforza Dynasty that ruled Milan and the “L” could probably stand for Leonardo. As for the number “72”, it might from the Kabbalah, a form of Jewish mysticism. The Italian researcher declares that the Mona Lisa is much more than a simple portrait, is Leonardo da Vinci(s testament, leaving his final thoughts to posterity.
Alessandro Vezzosi, director of a museum dedicated to the Italian master in Toscane, remains sceptical and Claudio Strinati, art historian and an official at the Italian Culture Ministry, said that Leonardo’s passing interest in the Kabbalah was not a secret. However the historian rejects the idea of symbols hidden in the paintings, “otherwise he [da Vinci] would have left better clues”, he declared on ArtDaily.