Giorgio Vasari, the inventor of the idea of the Renaissance and the author of the very first book about the Renaissance provides clues into who the identity of the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting is. Vasari stated within his writing that the Mona Lisa was Lisa del Giocondo, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy merchant. Through correspondence, Vasari stated to da Vinci that the painting is “so miraculously lifelike that it seems to be made of flesh, not paint”. ...
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