January 17, 2008

Mona Lisa Identity Revealed


Kaveetaa Kaul

What can safely be described as the mystery of the century, the identity of Leonardo Da Vincis La Gioconda, popularly known as Mona Lisa has finally been revealed. The “Lady of the Louvre’ with her beguiling smile has inspired not just romantics or social causerie for 500 years but captured the imagination world wide of those greatly intrigued by her identity as much as the reason behind that smile that virtually captivated the planet.

Deep in the archive of Heidelberg University, researcher Veit Probst says he has found a book that once belonged to Agostino Vespucci, a friend of da Vinci.

In the margin of one page is a note from October 1503 which, the researcher claims, confirms the identity of the Mona Lisa as the Mona (for Madonna) Lisa del Giocondo, the third wife of a Florentine businessman Francesco del Giocondo.

It is believed that her husband a flourishing tradesman had through his brother-in-law requested Da Vinci to make a portrait of his wife, a mother of 3, in her early twenties. Wow! women as fecund entities ever since times immemorial, despite being Mona Lisa.

It has set the rumor mills at rest though. Imagine being tormented with stories which hinted that she was Da Vincis mother, his lover or even a transvestite, if not da vinci himself in female attire. I guess both LDV and Madame Lisa can rest in peace now.

The mystery behind the smile? I insist it is that of a woman in her sixth month of pregnancy. There ne’er ever is beauty more devastatingly enchanting. Coupled with the fact that she obviously possessed a doting husband smitten enough to desire her portrait to adorn his home.

Sigh….how utterly romantic…even after three kids!! I promised hubby this morning I’d make a bid for an even more enticing, enigmatic, sensual smile, were he to get MF Hussain to portrait me. There was a loud Hmph…. and then..a simple ” the guy paints horses or Madhuri Dixit…” Clever retreat aint it?

Question that arises is does Dr. Nene ( of Madhuri Dixit fame) fancy a home adorned with her paintings by MF?? Why you might ask? research if inveterate trends that bespeak of indifference to a wifes charisma apply to the husbands of divas too.. might just accord me a satisfaction enough to evince a devilish, mean, cynical grimace..diametrically opposite. light years away from the Mona Lisa above.

Come to think of it, going by raves and rants of most wives majorly pissed off with hubbies, at any given point of the day, summoning up a Mona Lisa is well nigh impossible. What we could barely manage is this:

Todays disgruntled Mona Lisa ..check this animation of Mona Lisa with its options ..its stupendously hillarious especially ‘with disdain’ click.

Enjoy..and Cheers to Francisco del Giocando.. where art thou..buddy?!

In all seriousness, I aint no Mona lisa and hubby aint no Giocondo..but if a tripod with camera and a zealously taken zillion photographs are evidence, I have quite a Da Vinci at home..touch wood.

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  1. hyuk hyuk hyuk..made my day ..after many..todays Mona lisa is soooo correct..all my married friends will agree heartlily…..n i so envy you n yr da vinci! 😦 none for me.. tell me some feng shui na

    Comment by Neha — January 17, 2008 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  2. Mona Lisa identity revealed

    fun take on Mona Lisa..cut to todays version

    Trackback by — January 17, 2008 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  3. I maybe in a minority here but I have never found her face attractive.i have often wondered what the big hullaballoo is about. What smile.. i dont see any. Give me MD any day. and ah yes the animation was super.. good idea of juxtaposing it here

    Comment by dilip — January 19, 2008 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  4. Mona Lisa identity revealed

    Who is she is revealed..and the modern day version is hillarious.

    Trackback by Anonymous — January 21, 2008 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  5. Neha..chill! Aayega aane wala South west of bedroom mein hang a picture of peonies.Or better still paint it yourself.

    Ha ha dilip…I guess you are right.MD as Mona lisa.. what about Ash.. I believe just as of today she has been painted as Mona Lisa.

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — January 23, 2008 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  6. a lot late but nonetheless.. happie new year.. was trotting arnd for corporate karthavya.. was there in bombay (i prefer it to mumbai) for a coupla dayz n got amazed to see how the city has mutated in the past two years… since my last visit.. the Heeranandani towers @ powai.. god! there was iit n there was gaon.. now toh looks like a mall outta the west.. horrible traffic but then high spirit n the zeal of life, fun n mobility… really the maximum city.. i love it in a special way πŸ™‚

    mona lisa… hmmm.. dunno wat to say.. un-debatable post πŸ™‚ enigmatic

    Comment by saptarshi — January 23, 2008 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

  7. Happy new year a great start eh? Travelling is always an auspicious beginning.And yeah Mumbais changed, is changing and How? I sometimes cannot recognise my locality. The skyline is altering like never before. the buildings are awesome but the traffic problems have multiplied as expected. where there was previously a four storeyed smallish structure now is a highrise of 20 floors.. Can you imagime just how many more cars plying on that same road, narrow and tree laden? I miss my old Khar.. It was peaceful quiet and so romantic. Now its as if one is in a suburb of NY… But honestly I wouldnt live any place else. πŸ™‚

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — January 24, 2008 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  8. ya… it really is the maximum city.. though i love calcutta n can go on abt the ‘life’ factor thatz there… but somewhere bombay is like one special city… for just the way it is… so i second u on that big time πŸ™‚ wud be nice to have an episode of life @ mumbai-aa!!
    for now.. whenz a post coming where we can agree to disagree πŸ™‚ or agree all over again!!

    Comment by saptarshi — January 25, 2008 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  9. Sapt, I’ve been to Cal during Xmas new years.. and it was rocking. Park street restaurant hopping was what we indulged in. The food was fantastic, music par excellence and the atmosphere was pulsating with joie de vivre. We dont have any such street in Mumbai.

    As for episode on Mumbai.. you see the only life I know is Mumbai life. I dont have a visitors perspective and neither a comparative study.So what i know of it is to me.. life. But an outsider would perhaps give a better inside look however paradoxical it sounds…e.g. I dont react to the language as much as perhaps you would.Traffic snarls, extreme juxtapositions of poverty and affluence, wheeler dealers, hi life.. is all ordinary to me not novel. But I think you have read my post on Mumbai..

    I put my heart into this one…read it and tell me…or disagree πŸ™‚

    Comment by kaveetaakaul — January 25, 2008 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  10. Although the Heidelberg University’s conclusion is not unreasonable, the reference in the book does not prove that the Mona Lisa painting was of Lisa del Giocondo. Check out an analysis done since then at that makes more sense to me.

    Comment by Valiant — April 16, 2009 @ 3:12 am | Reply

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