On the nature of the background behind Mona Lisa

Faculty/Professorship: General Psychology and Methodology  
Author(s): Carbon, Claus-Christian  ; Hesslinger, Vera M.
Publisher Information: Bamberg : opus
Year of publication: 2014
Pages: 2
Language(s): English
Accepted for publication. Posted Online July 15, 2014
Licence: German Act on Copyright 
DOI: 10.1162/LEON_a_00906
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus4-106680
One of the many questions surrounding Leonardo’s Mona Lisa concerns the landscape visible in the portrait’s background: Does it depict an imagination of Leonardo’s mind, a real world landscape or the motif of a plane canvas that hung in Leonardo’s studio, behind the sitter? By analyzing divergences between the Mona Lisa and her Prado double that was painted in parallel but from another perspective we found mathematical evidence for the motif-canvas hypothesis: The landscape in the Prado version is 10% increased but otherwise nearly identical with the Louvre one, which indicates both painters used the same plane motif-canvas as reference.
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/6496
Year of publication: 15. January 2015

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