First stage of Mona Lisa
First stage of Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa’s book

Many theories about Mona Lisa are absurd.
In order to understand Mona Lisa it is necessary to seriously face the work itself.

All of the opinions stated about Mona Lisa are about the finished state Mona Lisa presently found, but when considering the production process and initial state of Mona Lisa, a different view is also generated from the existing opinion .

It is important to know what exactly Leonardo was about to draw.
People all over the world believe that Mona Lisa rests her left arm on the armrest of an armchair, but she may have a book on the left hand.

The reasons are as follows,

The armchair chair has a very strange shape, probably because it was due to amend the part that was originally the book to the armrest part.

Next, her left hand’s finger is retouched.The fingers of the left hand may have been lightly inserted into the book initially, Leonardo may have modified it to the form it seems today.

Raffaello drew Maddalen Doni with a book in her left hand, after sketching the Mona Lisa. The portrait of Maddalena Doni is heavily influenced by the attitude and composition of Mona Lisa. Rafaelo may have seen Mona Lisa holding a book.

In addition, portrait of Isabella d’Este also have hints.
This portrait have some similarity with the Mona Lisa, it is a costume, a pose, and a representation of the right hand.

Obviously, this portrait has a big influence on Mona Lisa.  An important point, Isabella d’Este has book. If she was a model of Mona Lisa, it would be natural for Mona Lisa to have a book.

Namely , whether Mona Lisa has a book or not, It is an important condition to specify the model of the Mona Lisa.

Mona Lisa’s book

Pillar position

I am also interested in the pillar position.

For example, it is the background of Mona Lisa.

The background of Mona Lisa has an unnatural part in the connection between the near view and the distant view.

The reason is that it can be interpreted that there was only a distant view in the original Mona Lisa.

In the near view, there is a high possibility that the composition has changed considerably considerably in progress.
The era of Leonardo is an era of mixing technique in painting technology.

The basic technology is nothing but tempela technique, and oil coloring technique was a new technology just beginning to be used in part.

Leonardo is no exception, and his paintings are started with the Tempera technique.

The most excellent characteristic of tempela is quick-drying property, and production can proceed efficiently.

Another major feature of Leonardo under drawing stage is to use blue paint for drawing.

Trace of the pillar – leftside
Pillar position of Mona Lisa
Trace of the pillar – rightside

Earlier Mona Lisa

Leonardo repeat retouched or altered Mona Lisa on a long term.

More especially the veil stands out, it gradually increased toward the right and left both sides.

She was originally slim and simple, showing individual characteristics of Leonardo’s manner of the costumes.

Additional part of Mona Lisa

On the right side of Mona Lisa there are traces of retouching.
It is probable that these additions were added to Mona Lisa to accommodate the increased volume of Mona Lisa’s left side.

Removal of retouched parts

The figure above shows the Mona Lisa with the right-side addition removed.
Mona Lisa’s sense of stability is emphasized by the veil added to the left and right.

Perhaps the first thing that was added was the left side.

Retouched part on the left

At first, he would have added to the hair on the left side of Mona Lisa’s face.

Mona Lisa’s hair was not initially bulging to the left, and the hair seems to have been taken down straight.

Earlier mona lisa

Early Mona Lisa may have been such a slender and simple thing.

Another reason I think this early Mona Lisa had a straight hairstyle is Raffaello’s painting.

It is a simple drawing, but I notice that it contains a great deal of important information. It is the hairstyle and the position of the pillars in the background.

When thinking about Mona Lisa, new facts will come to light when considering not only the current state, but also the initial states depicted.

Digital restoration of Mona Lisa
Digital restoration of Mona Lisa