25 secrets of Mona Lisa revealed

25 Secrets of Mona Lisa Revealed (full article)
By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Staff Writer

New images uncover 25 secrets about the Mona Lisa, including proof that Leonardo da Vinci gave her eyebrows, solving a long-held mystery.

The images are part of an exhibition, “Mona Lisa Secrets Revealed,” which features new research by French engineer Pascal Cotte and debuts in the United States at the Metreon Center in San Francisco, where it will remain through the end of this year.

The Mona Lisa showcase is part of a larger exhibition called “Da Vinci: An Exhibition of Genius.”

Cotte, founder of Lumiere Technology, scanned the painting with a 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera he invented, which uses 13 wavelengths from ultraviolet light to infrared. The resulting images peel away centuries of varnish and other alterations, shedding light on how the artist brought the painted figure to life and how she appeared to da Vinci and his contemporaries.

“The face of Mona Lisa appears slightly wider and the smile is different and the eyes are different,” Cotte said. “The smile is more accentuated I would say.”

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