Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?- part 2

                                                                                                                              [Recap of Part 1]

“There’s a twin of the Mona Lisa”

Last Sunday, we embarked on a captivating journey with Alex and Jamie, exploring the origins and mysteries of the Mona Lisa. We dove deep into the history, controversies, and stories that make this painting a global phenomenon. As we continue this week, our duo delves even deeper, uncovering more secrets and discussing more theories.Mona Lisa

 Jamie: “15?! There’s a twin of the Mona Lisa?”

Alex: “Absolutely! Number 15: There exists a doppelganger of the Mona Lisa, and it’s believed to have been painted not by Da Vinci, but by his student, Francesco Melzi. This twin is housed in the Prado Museum in Spain’s capital.”

Jamie: “That’s a revelation. But who was the woman Da Vinci painted?”

Alex: “Ah, the age-old question. Number 14: Most believe it’s Lisa Gherardini, an Italian woman from Florence. But there’s also a theory suggesting the Mona Lisa might be a self-portrait of Leonardo himself, picturing himself as a woman.”

Jamie: “What a fascinating idea! But such a beloved painting must’ve been well protected, right?”

Alex: “You’d think so. However, number 13: This beautiful artwork hasn’t been immune to attacks. In 1956, a tourist threw a rock at it, causing a slight mark near her elbow, which is still faintly visible after restoration. Prior to that, someone had thrown acid on it. And there’s more – a woman once tried to spray it with red paint, and in 2009, a Russian woman even threw a ceramic teacup at it! After these incidents, the painting was placed behind bulletproof glass.”

Jamie: “It’s shocking that anyone would want to harm such a masterpiece.”

Alex: “Exactly. And you know what’s more surprising? Number 12: Leonardo was an avid writer, but he never wrote anything about the Mona Lisa, his most famous work.”

Jamie: “How mysterious… Was the painting ever at risk during wars?”

Alex: “Indeed. Number 11: During World War II, the Mona Lisa was moved six times to prevent it from falling into the hands of the German Nazis.”

Jamie: “Such rich history! Any more interesting tidbits?”

Alex: “Of course! Number 10: Between 1514 and 1516, one of Leonardo’s students made a nude version of the Mona Lisa, called ‘Mona Vanna’. It has striking similarities to the original and is currently in the Musée Condé in Paris.”

Jamie: “A nude version? That’s intriguing.”

Alex: “There’s more! Number 9: Leonardo used over 30 layers to paint the Mona Lisa, and some of them were so fine that they were as thin as human hair.”

Jamie: “His precision is truly unparalleled. It must be the most valuable painting in the world then.”

Alex: “Spot on! Number 8: The Mona Lisa is the world’s most valuable painting. According to the Guinness World Records, it was valued at 100 million dollars in 1962. By 2019, its estimated worth was around 700 million dollars. However, French heritage laws state that it can’t be sold or purchased as it belongs to the public.”

Jamie: “Wow, Alex, every fact you’ve shared has only added to the enigma of the Mona Lisa. It truly is a timeless piece of art.”

Jamie: “The more we discuss, the more it feels like we’re solving an age-old puzzle, doesn’t it?”

Alex: “It sure does. And the best part? There’s still more to discover!”

Stay Tuned for Part 3!

The final part of our Mona Lisa series will be unveiled next Sunday. Don’t forget to join Alex and Jamie as they wrap up their enlightening discussion and answer the pressing question: “Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?” See you then!

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