The mystery over the identity of the woman behind Leonardo da Vinci's ‘Mona Lisa’ painting has been solved once and for all, according to German academics at Heidelberg University. Discovery Channel reports that manuscript expert Armin Schlechter uncovered conclusive evidence that she is Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, in notes written in October 1503 in the margin of a book found two years ago in the university’s library collection.
The notes were made by Florentine city official Agostino Vespucci, an acquaintance of Leonardo da Vinci, in an edition of letters by the Roman orator, Cicero. In his annotations, Vespucci wrote that Leonardo was working on three paintings at the time, including a portrait of Lisa del Giocondo.
"All doubts about the identity of the 'Mona Lisa' have been eliminated," the university said in a statement.
Full report on the Discovery Channel site
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