Mona Lisa's landscape?
"LONDON: An Italian art historian claims to have solved the mystery of the exact location of the landscape which provides the background to Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece Mona Lisa.
Carla Glori believes that a hidden clue in the famous artwork identifies the exact location of the landscape. According to her, a three-arched bridge which appears over the left shoulder of the woman with the enigmatic smile is a reference to Bobbio, a village which lies in rugged hill country south of Piacenza, in northern Italy.
Her theory is based on the recent discovery by art historian Silvano Vinceti of the numbers 7 and 2 concealed in span of the stone bridge, The Daily Telegraph reported. Glori believes the numerals are a reference to 1472, when a devastating flood destroyed Bobbio's bridge. Historical records show that the bridge, known as the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge), was swept away when the River Trebbia burst its banks that year.
Read more: Stone bridge helps crack Mona Lisa landscape mystery - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Stone-bridge-helps-crack-Mona-Lisa-landscape-mystery/articleshow/7257501.cms#ixzz1AiPCAFul"
I kinda doubt that Leonardo used an actual location for the background in the Mona Lisa. I guess it's possible, but only as inspiration. The landscape is obviously fantastical in nature and not completely representative of an actual location. There is a road and a bride with three arches, but the rest is cliffs and valleys that don't seem realistic. So maybe some aspects were real - but definitely not all. It's not a photograph or a scenic/accurate painting.
Not to mention that there are hidden things inside the painting. The landscape is technically "off" and rises behind Mona and it has always been a mystery as to why Da Vinci did that - or if he made a mistake (year right!) But I found, that if you roll the painting up the sides align. So he must have designed it to do that. You can see what I mean in the image above.
Also, since he painted the Mona Lisa for 4-18 YEARS, layer upon layer, adding and correcting, and covering, it's very unlikely that the original landscape stayed as it was originally.
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