Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mona Lisa was Chinese?

Mona Lisa was da Vinci's Chinese mother? New theory provokes parodies on Twitter

Published time: December 03, 2014 14:06

Reuters/Denis Balibouse
Reuters/Denis Balibouse

An Italian historian's theory that Mona Lisa was not only a Chinese slave, but also Leonardo da Vinci's mother has provoked social media storm, with parodies of the famous La Gioconda painting mushrooming over the Internet.

"On the back of Mona Lisa, there is a Chinese landscape and even her face looks Chinese," a Hong Kong-based historian and novelist from Italy, Angelo Paratico, told the South China Morning Post.

A Hong Kong resident of over 20 years, Paratico is currently working on a book entitled ‘Leonardo da Vinci: a Chinese scholar lost in Renaissance Italy’.

Given how little is known about Da Vinci's mother, the historian cited Sigmund Freud’s 1910 classic assumption that the painting was inspired by the artist’s mother.

"One wealthy client of Leonardo’s father had a slave called Caterina. After 1452, Leonardo’s date of birth, she disappeared from the documents," he told the paper.


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