Scan sheds new light on `Mona Lisa’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now a French inventor claims his ultra-detailed digital scans of the painting have uncovered a plethora of new secrets about the history of its color and composition – including the fate of the enigmatic woman’s famously missing eyebrows and lashes. Da Vinci’s 16th-century portrait of a Florentine merchant’s wife did originally include both brows and lashes, according to Parisian engineer Pascal Cotte, who says his 240-megapixel scans of the painting reveal traces of Mona Lisa’s left brow obliterated by long-ago restoration efforts. “With just one photo you go deeper into the construction of the painting and understand that Leonardo was a genius,” Cotte said at the U.S. debut of an exhibit detailing his findings. As a boy growing up in Paris in the 1960s, Cotte spent hours staring at the “Mona Lisa” the first time he saw it at the Louvre. Later in life, he used his scientific training in light and optics to develop the camera that would let him examine the object of his obsession. Cotte, 49, estimates he has spent 3,000 hours analyzing the data from the scans he made of the painting in the Louvre’s laboratory three years ago. Using sensors to detect light from both the visible spectrum and the infrared and ultraviolet ranges invisible to the human eye, Cotte’s camera allowed him to, in effect, burrow through layers of paint to “see” into the painting’s past. Among his findings: Da Vinci changed his mind about the position of two fingers on the subject’s left hand. Her face was originally wider and the smile more expressive than Da Vinci ultimately painted them. She holds a blanket that has all but faded from view today. At least as important to Cotte as discovering details of the painting’s rough sketches is the painstaking work he undertook to reveal what he believes are the painting’s colors as they looked on Da Vinci’s easel. Age, varnish and restorations performed by later conservators’ hands have resulted in a painting that, in its permanent home behind bulletproof glass at the Louvre, appears saturated with heavy greens, yellows and browns. Working with his 22-gigabyte digital photo, made using 13 color filters rather than the typical three or four found in consumer-grade digital cameras, Cotte created a reproduction of the Mona Lisa with the light blues and brilliant whites he thinks represent the painting in its original form. “For the next generation, we guarantee that forever you will have the true color of this painting,” Cotte said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ART: A researcher uses technology to revisit many of the famous portrait’s mysteries. By Marcus Wohlsen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – For centuries, Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” has beguiled art buffs unable to resist speculating on the origins and meaning of the world’s most famous artwork. last_img read more


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