Mona Lisa da Vinc's Chinese Slave Mother?
A historian is saying that the Mona Lisa might be Leonardo's mother - who also happened to be a slave and Asian. This isn't the first time Mona's identity has been theorized about, nor is it the first time Leonardo's mother Caterina's ethnicity has come into question. Based off of Leonardo's fingerprints others have claimed her to be Arab. It's unclear why they think she may have been a slave. There are really only a couple pieces of information about her.
Previous blogs about her identity:
When was Mona Lisa painted? (Mona DOB?) March 8, 2012
Mona Lisa's landscape? Jan 11, 2011
Mona Lisa's Real Identity Jan 12, 2011
Lisa Gherardini? Is she "Mona Lisa"? Oct 14, 2010
Mon Salai/ Love's Prison Feb 2 -2011
"I am sure up to a point that Leonardo's mother was from the Orient, but to make her an oriental Chinese, we need to use a deductive method."
"One wealthy client of Leonardo's father had a slave called Caterina. After 1452, Leonardo's date of birth, she disappeared from the documents. She was no longer working there. During the Renaissance, countries like Italy and Spain were full of oriental slaves."
"An Italian historian's theory that Mona Lisa might be a Chinese slave and Leonardo da Vinci's mother -- making the 15th-century polymath half-Chinese -- sent online commentators into a frenzy Wednesday.
Angelo Paratico, a Hong Kong-based historian and novelist from Italy, told the South China Morning Post: "On the back of Mona Lisa, there is a Chinese landscape and even her face looks Chinese."
Chinese web users expressed astonishment and disbelief Wednesday, posting dozens of parodies of the painting, with faces from Chinese comedians to British actor Rowan Atkinson grafted over her delicate features."
Links to articles about this:
Was the Mona Lisa Leonardo's Mother and a Chinese Slave?
Mona Lisa may have been da Vinci's Chinese mother: Italian historian's comments spark online frenzy
Mona Lisa could possibly be portrait of Da Vinci's Chinese mother, historian claims