Second only to the mystery of Original Mona Lisa enigmatic smile is another question that has long fascinated art experts: Why is Mona Lisa without eyebrows?
Some of the Mona Lisa features and the mystery behind the Mona Lisa missing eyebrows
A Parisian engineer has dedicated more than 3,000 hours on Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa features now has the answer. Pascal Cotte says that ultra detailed digital scans of the 16th-century picture allow him to look into the past and see how the Florentine merchant’s wife looked before years of restoration work. Using the 240-megapixel scans, Mr. Cotte, says he can see traces of the Mona Lisa’s left eyebrow long obscured from the naked eye by the efforts of the restorers.
What happened to the original Mona Lisa eyebrows?
His conclusion is that Mona Lisa had eyebrows and eyelashes, but that these have been gradually eroded to the point that they are no longer visible. “If you look closely at the Original Mona Lisa‘s eye you can clearly see that the cracks around the eye have slightly disappeared.
That may be explained that one day a curator or restorer cleaned the Original Mona Lisa’s eye, and cleaning the eye removed, probably removed the eyelashes and eyebrow,” he said.
The construction of the Original Mona Lisa and the mystery behind it
Mr. Cotte said that Da Vinci originally painted Mona Lisa with a wider face and a more expressive smile. He also changed the fingers on the Original Mona Lisa‘s hand. The alterations that Da Vinci made to the painting are, according to Mr. Cotte, an example of his perfectionism. “With just one photo you go deeper into the construction of the Original Mona Lisa painting and understand that Leonardo was a genius,” Mr. Cotte said. He has kept the Original Mona Lisa with him and kept working on it until his death.