Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mona Lisa is really Mrs. Gioconda

New information on the Mona Lisa, my favorite painting and my favorite subject of parody:

The Lede: Mona Lisa’s Identity, Solved for Good?

So Vasari's identification of her as "Mrs. Giocondo, whose maiden name was Gherardini" is now substantiated from a much older source. Her husband was "a wealthy silk merchant in Florence" and her smiling face -- giving her the nickname "La Gioconda" -- is really a reference to her name

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