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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Is Mona Lisa grinning or grimacing?

Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), is a 16th century oil painting on poplar wood by Leonardo da Vinci, and is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Few works of art have been subject to as much scrutiny, study, mythologizing and parody. It is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris. The painting, a half-length portrait, depicts a woman whose gaze meets the viewer's with an expression often described as enigmatic.

Mona Lisa's smile has triggered much ambiguity. Is she actually grinning or grimacing? Wired magazine provides scientific answers on basis of three theories: 1. Brush strokes, 2. Fields of view, 3. Mental image. For complete story click on the link.

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