Summary of Historical Evidence

The three main historical accounts surrounding the emergence of ‘Mona Lisa’, those of Giorgio Vasari, Antonio de Beatis...

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Salai And The Two Paintings

Documents uncovered in the 1990’s have generated considerable debate in the academic world, and when considered in tandem...

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The ‘Heidelberg Document’

In 2005, reports emerged concerning a great discovery made at Heidelberg University. There, the German scholar Armin Schlechter,...

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The Raphael Sketch

“A mortal god.” This is how Vasari describes Raphael in the Vite. Even as a youth, Raphael (born...

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Giorgio Vasari

In 1550, Giorgio Vasari, the famous architect, painter, historian and writer, published the first edition of his monumental...

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Gian Paolo Lomazzo

“Whenever he began to paint, it seemed that Leonardo trembled, and he never finished any of the works...

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Why Lisa?

One of the great mysteries surrounding ‘Mona Lisa’ is: why was she painted at all? There are really...

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