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What is hidden behind the smile of Mona Lisa?

Who hasn't heard about the famous Mona Lisa or her charming yet mysterious smile? There are so many writers, scientists, painters, psychologists and people of all sort of professions who using their great imagination or coupled with the latest tools of science are giving bold and sometimes even shocking explanations about the origin of that mysterious smile. No doubt each of them is interesting and offers the readers a charming and attractive way of getting a better understanding of Leonardo`s Art , but how far are the researchers ready to go in order to find the truth?
There are ongoing preparations by some scientists to dig the grave of Leonardo in order to take out his skull and make a reconstruction of his face. Similar attempts have been made for the grave of his model .
So far the official researchers have come to various conclusions, some of them quite exotic and certainly bolder than the imagination of Leonardo himself. Between the brightest of them can be included " The naked female back " and Da Vinci`s "Self Portrait" hypotheses. The first of them portrays Mona Lisa`s lips like a hidden image of horizontally positioned naked female back, and the second one goes even further by claiming Mona Lisa is the shaved Leonardo, who portrayed himself at a younger age.
To me this is quite a lot of imagination and rather unacceptable explanations.
There is however another and much more truthful story which came from the other side of the globe by the words of famous and respected clairvoyant woman whose predictions were proven to come true in 90-100 % of the cases- the great Slava Sevrukova. She said that the smile of Mona Lisa is due to partial face nerve paralysis. Leonardo saw her on the road traveling and sitting together with her husband in a horse carriage. He was captured by the beautiful smile of the woman who had it because of the paralyses. The most beautiful part of the story is that he fell in love with her and could not forget her until the rest of his life. He painted the portrait and carried it with him everywhere he went. It was with him when he died too.

Have you heard any other stories which you would like to share?

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zaib009 wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:11 AM

I did not know any of these stories, though all of them were interested to know

maxeen wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:11 AM

I know it is a very beautiful song that was named after her.

Romeo wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:22 AM

Yes, I like that song very much too. Thank you for reminding me about it.

Romeo wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:23 AM

I am really glad that my effort to write this article has not been in vain and it was interesting and informative to you .
Good luck !

maxeen wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:28 AM

Strange ,I have just written a post about my soldier boyfriend who is invited to sing on the stage of a London Club ! Yes that brilliant song!!(year was 1950s)

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 8:46 AM

I suppose in today's world that smile would not even have been noticed, and certainly wouldn't have gone viral! It's only thanks to our forefathers having time to appreciate it that she has become recognized, but not like any of today's celebrities, who need to resort to all kinds of publicity for recognition.
I keep trying that smile in front of the mirror, but it just doesn't seem to work for me. emoticon :sad:

Romeo wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:00 AM

:) It is very interesting what you just said and I, like you believe that if it was now it would have passed unnoticed. Actually I believe that if Leonardo lived today and especially in some poor country he would die of hunger emoticon :smile: Oh, be happy that her smile doesn't work for you. Better without it than having a smile caused by nerve paralysis:)

Vickiw wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:04 AM

Well, if that's true! I tend to take all these pronouncements by so called experts with a grain of salt! Heavens, why does everything have to be analyzed to death, even a smile?

Romeo wrote on January 11, 2015, 12:50 PM

I suppose because it makes good advertisement and brings good money. Louvre is the most visited museum in the world and almost every visitor goes there in the hope of seeing that same smile.

agvulpes wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:23 AM

If your story about the nerve paralysis is true we can be very thankful that LDV was not running late on that fateful trip or we may never have got to see that beautiful smile!
I also love that song by Nat King Cole it brings back great memories!

soupdragon wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:05 PM

There are lots of theories. I read the one about her smiling in this way because she has no teeth! The paralysis theory is interesting

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:14 PM

"Scientists to dig up their da Vinci's and Mona Lisa's graves"! Does Mona Lisa's portrait of that "illusive smile" really bring out th strange and enigmatic character? Let them be. W.A Mozart's mysterious untimely death interests me. emoticon :smile:

Romeo wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:31 PM

To me paralysis sounds quite possible and maybe the most reasonable explanation.

Romeo wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:34 PM

Actually the value of Mona Lisa as a piece of Art does not come from her mysterious smile. This portrait is the first painting of Renaissance and the whole Art history in which the painter used Air Perspective. Nobody before Leonardo did it. Remember this because this is a great secret ;)

Romeo wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:36 PM

Yes, there are no coincidences in life. Things happen as they should . Please read my response to the comment of AsADrivenLeaf.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:37 PM

I would know. Da Vinci, Milan, is remembered the brilliant genius in science and art, the leading mind of all genuisess in the 15th century to 16th century. 😊

Romeo wrote on January 12, 2015, 7:42 PM

Yes, we often think of Leonardo as of only painter, but it is exactly as you said it. When once I opened an encyclopedia I found that it was written there about Leonardo: great scientist, inventor, constructor, biologist, .........a huge list of tittles and only at the end : and.....painter.:)

luisga814 wrote on January 13, 2015, 6:27 AM

the only thing i can remember Mona Lisa is about her lost eyebrow.

Romeo wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:25 AM

Her eyebrow is absent yes, but it was not lost. It was fashion at her time to look this way.

luisga814 wrote on January 13, 2015, 10:38 AM

Sorry for the wrong choice of word. It is not lost eyebrow, it should be absent. Anyway, she is still beautiful.

livingnow wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:52 AM

I didn't know all these explanations, except the fact that Leonardo would portrayed himself when he was at younger age. I guess we'll never know the truth, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Romeo wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:01 PM

Yes, I know that version too, that Leonardo portrayed himself. I do not much believe in this.