After more than 500 years of continue captivating the hearts of art lovers, a French scientist claims he has uncovered a hidden image underneath Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa.
Pascal Cotte, who pioneered the sophisticated reflective light technology Layer Amplification Method (LAM), has spent more than a decade analyzing the mysteriously famous painting of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Louvre Museum in Paris, who gave Mr. Pascal Cotte a permission to analyze the painting in 2004, has used his own Layer Amplification Method to reveal an earlier image that was hidden underneath on his masterpiece.
The results shatter many myths and alter our vision of Leonardo’s masterpiece forever. When I finished the reconstruction of Lisa Gherardini, I was in front of the portrait and she is totally different to Mona Lisa today. This is not the same woman.The Layer Amplification Method (LAM) involves projecting ‘intense lights’ on the painting. A camera takes measurements of the lights’ reflections and from those measurements Mr Cotte says he can reconstruct what happened between the layers of paint.
The Louvre believes Da Vince began work on the Mona Lisa in Florence France between 1503 and 1506, and then eventually added the finishing touches 14 years later.
The Louvre Museum has refused to comment on Mr Cottes’s fierce findings.