A “SECRET PORTRAIT” HAS JUST BEEN DISCOVERED UNDERNEATH THE MONA LISA
When The Mona Lisa was created, many saw the amazing portrait to be one of the most beautiful and elaborate pieces of art work in human history. Painted by the famous Leonardo da Vinci, the painting was given to the King of France many centuries ago, which was then put permanently on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris ever since the year 1797.
Fast forward 500 years later to current day, we have made a very groundbreaking discovery of what actually lies beneath the painting herself. French scientist Pascal Cotte claims that he has pried a very hidden detail of the painting. According to BBC News, since this great discovery, they have reported that the painting of the woman is not in fact the actual Mona Lisa in the slightest.
A soon to be documentary will soon come to light, shedding all information of the process and reasoning behind this mysterious new discovery of centuries old paintings. The documentary will be then labeled as “Secrets of the Mona Lisa”, which will air on BBC two tomorrow at 9pm GMT.
Pascal Cotte is one of the co-founders of Lumiere Technology, since he has these expertise, he was granted access to the painting, as of 2004 from the Louvre. They then used a pioneering method called Layer Amplification Method or LAM. With this process, he has claimed to have found a second painted lady behind the original. Cotte then reports to BBC News:
“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,”
This method is the opposite of invasive, meaning that this process does not harm the actual painting itself as to keep it preserved. The painting of the Mona Lisa was then exposed to a series of intense lights, as well as a powerful camera that can pick up on tiny changes in the variations in the manner of beams of light being reflected/scattered off the surface.
With each layer of paint, they are considered as a “bump” rising from the surface. When we find multiple bumps on the surface, this means that there are more than one layers of paint that the original image conceals behind itself.
Cotte then states that since the LAM can detect the intricate, fine layers of paint beneath the surface just by measuring minuscule changes in how various frequencies of light that bounce off from the bumps.
These reflections were then used to reconstruct a variety of secret layers of the painting, which we see now that Cotte has sent the world of art into a spiral of fascination and wonder.
Cotte states to BBC News: “I do not think there are these discreet stages which represent different portraits. I see it as more or less a continuous process of evolution. I am absolutely convinced that the Mona Lisa is Lisa,”