Saturday, April 09, 2011

Silly Silly Silly

Irish connection for Mona Lisa? See: Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ - the Irish connection by Cathy Hayes.
"Dominus Otho Gherardini ... travelled to Normandy with a caravan of Norman knights in 1056. ... Otho was a member of the Florentine family, the Gherardini. He came to the court of King Edward the Confessor in about 1056, ten years before the Norman Conquest of England. He then joined the invasion of England. After the Battle of Hastings he was given land in England. His son Walter FitzOther is mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086. About a century later his Norman descendants settled in Ireland. They were known as the Fitzgeralds."
Yeah, right. Mona Lisa had Irish cousins.

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

What I am DYING to know is how did you get so connected to Mona Lisa -- I mean, it's a masterpiece, beautiful, all that -- but why this one in particular?!