Mona Lisa had 'wider smile' and eyebrows

24th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - Art's most celebrated muse, the Mona Lisa, had eyelashes, eyebrows, a wider smile and carried a blanket on her knees, says a French scientist and inventor of a new all-seeing "multispectral" camera.

24 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - Art's most celebrated muse, the Mona Lisa, had eyelashes, eyebrows, a wider smile and carried a blanket on her knees, says a French scientist and inventor of a new all-seeing "multispectral" camera.

Armed with his 240-megapixel camera, engineer Pascal Cotte joined a team of scientists who worked on the 500-year-old painting three years ago to uncover what he calls the "24 secrets" of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.

Speaking to AFP after presenting the results of the study in San Francisco, Cotte said the camera's infrared ray penetrated the picture layer "seeing the entire spectrum of colour through three layers of paint."

The details unveiled "are not necessarily unknown to art historians but were revealed with amazing precision in just one shot," he said.

Mona Lisa originally had eyelashes and eyebrows but the pigment may have vanished as the oil aged, said Cotte who claims to have also discovered "the trace of lashes under the eyes".

Earlier on, the young woman's enigmatic smile was bigger, "more marked", white lace edged her dress and her elbow lay on an armrest.

Cotte said perhaps his biggest find was the positioning of the right wrist that indicates she carried a blanket on her knees.

The scientist said the camera enables the comparison of colours, pigments and brush-strokes. His company, Lumiere Technology, is currently working on another oil painting da Vinci.

AFP

Subject: French news

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