No, really. You have been sitting for far too long.
For over three hundred years, critics and patrons alike believed that the only original of me (street name “Mo’Li'”) was in the Louvre in Paris. But on February 13, 2013, Reuters reported that it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the “Isleworth Mona Lisa” – revealed in Geneva in September of 2012 – was, indeed, painted by Signor Da Vinci himself.1 (I’ve been trying to tell them this for centuries!) It is a genuine portrait of me, Mo’Li’, albeit a younger version. (I’m the one on the left. No, right. No – wait!!)
The announcement came as somewhat of a shock in the artistic community and has spread like wildfire, creating quite a brouhaha. The oil-on-canvas (as opposed to oil-on-panel in the Louvre) was unveiled as the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” and doubting Thomases did what they do best: They doubted its authenticity, dismissing my portrait as a mere 16th century imitation of the original. Sciocchezze! Controsenso!! Assurditá!!! â Leo' would have said.
However, "truth will out".2
“‘When we add these new findings to the wealth of scientific and physical studies we already had, I believe anyone will find the evidence of a Leonardo attribution overwhelming,’ David Feldman vice-president of the foundation said.
“’The conclusion by the Padua-based Rubino was that the ‘Isleworth’ portrait . . . matched Leonardo’s geometry and must be his.’” 3
The Zurich institute’s carbon-dating test “found that it was almost certainly manufactured between 1410 and 1455 - refuting claims that it was a late 16th century copy.” Doubt no more, you . . . doubters!
IT’S SO HARD TO BE ME.
I have been sprayed with red paint and acid, had dishes thrown at me, and had my elbow busted with a heavy stone – among other indignities.âââ Yet, I have remained the most famous muse of all. Of course, now I’m encased in bullet-proof glass. Just pray that the security is as . . . secure in Geneva.
As I said before in my post, “Muse: A Job Description,” the life of a muse is not as exotic or glamorous as it sounds. But for fame that may last centuries, there’s nothing like it. J
May your muse be just around the corner
and put a smile upon your face.
- Mona L.
â Balderdash! Nonsense!! Absurd!!!
2The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, 1596
3"New Proof Said Found for “Original” Mona Lisa", op. cit.
4ThinkQuest.org Cultural Theft: “The Mona Lisa by Da Vinci”