Who Truly Is The Mona Lisa?

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Undoubtedly, the most famous piece of artwork is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona lisa, although there are many theories as to who the Mona Lisa truly is. Even until this very day, this mystery is still yet to be solved. Many people have questioned her true identity, and came from being called Lisa Gheradini, Giangiacomo Caprotti, and even Leonardo da Vinci. It all depends on what you believe in and what seems reasonable through logic and explanation. Lisa Cheradini was a member of the Gheradinni familly of Florence and Tuscany in Italy and was said to be given the name of the Mona Lisa because she was commissioned by her husband and painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance (Yeng 1). Vespucci clearly states that “the portrait may have been painted to mark when Francesco del Giocondo and his wife Lisa Gheradini bought their own house in 1503” (3). Her clothing is unremarkable, neither the sleeves of her gown, nor her pleated gown, nor the scarf delicately draped round her shoulders are signs of aristocratic status, which was something Lisa Cheradini would normally wear (Yeng 2). Miranda 2 Secondly, the most shocking theory of them all is the Mona Lisa being named after Giangiacomo Caprotti. Leono Vinsati states how “Leonardo was a homosexual and the name of the Mona Lisa is a fraud, his true identity was Giangiacomo Caprotti” (4). Yes, I know what you are thinking, the Mona Lisa in fact may have been a male by the name of Giangiacomo Caprotti. “The Mona Lisa had similar features to his previous artworks such as the erotic nude man painted with the same face” (Vinsti 4). Shockingly, many of Leonardo’s male artworks resemble the Mona Lisa in various ways. In contrast, the Mona Lisa may have actually been a self portrait of Leonardo da Vinci himsef. “Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa with similar facial expressions”,

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