Mona Lisa: research backs theory on male and female models, ‘art detective’ claims

Silvano Vinceti used infrared technology to examine the painting and believes results show Da Vinci used both sexes as inspiration

Mona Lisa’s famous image could have been inspired by both the male and female form, a self-styled Italian art detective has claimed.

Silvano Vinceti says new research backs his long-standing theory that Leonardo Da Vinci used both a female and male model to create the acclaimed portrait that hangs in Paris’ Louvre museum.

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