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Canuckistan
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Story here.

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Mona Lisa had recently give birth to a baby, a team of Canadian and French scientists announced Tuesday, as they revealed a number of secrets hidden in one of the most famous paintings in the world.

Using infrared technology that allowed them to see more clearly beneath dark varnish, the scientists found that Leonardo da Vinci's model had a gauzy, nearly transparent layer over her dress that was typically worn by pregnant women of the time, or mothers who had recently given birth.

The model for Mona Lisa was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a Florentine cloth merchant. The discovery of the filmy garment, sewn to her dress at the shoulders, means the painting was commissioned to celebrate the birth of her third child, said Bruno Mottin, a curator in the research department of the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France.

The child was a boy, Mr. Mottin said.



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nooooo...are you saying the Da Vinci Code was wrong?!?! I thought it was Leo painting himself as a woman. I'm going question the whole meaning of everything now. [Smile]
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I'd heard that the "enigmatic smile" was to cover for the fact that she was getting beaten and didn't want to show off her missing teeth.

Interesting the many ways that people will try to interpret these things.

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Originally posted by Purple Iguana:
I'd heard that the "enigmatic smile" was to cover for the fact that she was getting beaten and didn't want to show off her missing teeth.

Interesting the many ways that people will try to interpret these things.

Lots of people would have had missing teeth in 1503 without necessarily being beaten.

Oral hygiene then wasn't what it is today.

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Interesting fact that the painting was commissioned to celebrate the birth of a child. I heard long ago that her sad smile was because she lost a child.

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Oral hygiene then wasn't what it is today.
Nor was dentistry...

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Originally posted by khadijah:
nooooo...are you saying the Da Vinci Code was wrong?!?! I thought it was Leo painting himself as a woman. I'm going question the whole meaning of everything now. [Smile]

No, they're just saying Leo was pregnant. [lol]

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Dara & Troberg... please note that I was not asserting my own opinion, merely repeating one suggested by one "expert" of many. Personally, I don't give a hoot why she's smiling the way she is. I'm no good at drawing hands... maybe da Vinci was no good at painting smiles. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by pob14:
quote:
Originally posted by khadijah:
nooooo...are you saying the Da Vinci Code was wrong?!?! I thought it was Leo painting himself as a woman. I'm going question the whole meaning of everything now. [Smile]

No, they're just saying Leo was pregnant. [lol]
YOMANK!!! [lol]

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This story was posted on a historic-costume list I'm on, and no one there knew anything about a universal sign-of-maternity garment. (Apparently there's something similar to the Mona Lisa gauze in a portrait of Queen Elisabeth I, and ain't no way she could have covered up a pregnancy.)
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I remember that my biology teacher talked about the eyeliner they used back then. Something about that it was poisonous or something and that she was more than likely high whenever they painted that picture. Maybe that explains the smile.

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I'd heard the pregnancy/new mother thing quite a while back, something about the swelling in her hands and her "glow".

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If this is true, I wonder if they would trace her ancestors to find modern day relatives. That would be neat.
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I assume you mean descendants.

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quote:
Originally posted by khadijah:
nooooo...are you saying the Da Vinci Code was wrong?!?! I thought it was Leo painting himself as a woman. I'm going question the whole meaning of everything now. [Smile]

Nope, you (and Dan Brown) have it all wrong - a few years ago, the fashionable theory was that Mona Lisa was in fact Leonardo's gay boyfriend in drag. [Big Grin]

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