WEB DESK: The World’s most famous painting of Mona Lisa has many hidden secrets. A French scientist Pascal Cotte who has analyzed the work of art using reflective light technology now believes it was painted over a portrait of another woman.
As per the BBC reports, Cotte used a technique called Layer Amplification Method (LAM) to analyze the Da Vinci masterpiece, which was painted between 1503 and 1517. After projecting a series of intense lights onto the painting, a camera recorded measurements of the lights’ reflections, enabling Cotte to reconstruct hidden details.
“We can now analyze exactly what is happening inside the layers of the paint and we can peel like an onion all the layers of the painting,” explained Cotte in the BBC Two documentary, The Secrets of the Mona Lisa. “We can reconstruct all the chronology of the creation of the painting.”
Instead of the front-on gaze of the Mona Lisa, the reconstruction shows a seated woman looking off to the side—without her iconic smile. Cotte also claims there are two more images under the surface of the painting, including the portrait of a woman with a larger head and nose, bigger hands, and smaller lips than those featured on the Mona Lisa.