Scientist found a hidden sketch under Da Vinci’s La Gioconda

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French researcher Pascal Cott discovered a sketch by Leonardo da Vinci under the painting “La Gioconda”, reports the portal Artnet News.

The expert took a snapshot of the portrait and began research in 2004. In the study, he used infrared technology, thanks to which he was able to detect small details hidden under the paint in the portrait.

Cott found out that under the painting “La Gioconda” there is a sketch in the spolvero technique – made with charcoal and a stencil with holes. The sketch depicts Mona Lisa in a style unusual for that time. Traces of the sketch can be found on the hands and on the head of the heroine of the portrait. This means that the early posture was completely different. The woman sat half-turned and looked to the side, the Zvezda TV channel notes. Da Vicney ended up turning her around to face the audience.

The painting also shows signs on the hair, which indicate the presence of a hairpin, which was not worn in Florence. The scientist suggested that this is the image of some goddess, notes the TV channel “360”.

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