Many art historians have dared to
try to puzzle out the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting – not simply
the reasons behind the enduring allure of the beguiling sitter and her eerily
remarkable landscape background, but also more seemingly straightforward
questions, such as who the painting in the Louvre represents and when exactly
it was painted.
The Author guides us through the many tantalizing and often frustrating
uncertainties about the Mona Lisa. He
gives us all the ingredients of a great detective story, complete with puzzling
evidence, contradictory witness statements, squabbling experts, CSI-style
forensics, and a trail that twists and turns through the fog of five centuries.