MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced new research scanning suggests "Mona Lisa" was originally 40 years older than she appears today, as deep beneath the surface she is 60+ years of age and that Leonardo later "rejuvenated" her to look younger and more beautiful. According to research historian Graeme Cameron, these groundbreaking findings may prove the portrait cannot be of the 24-year-old Lisa del Giocondo but is instead almost certainly Leonardo's 63-year-old mother Caterina, whom Leonardo painted earlier "in Milan around 1493 and later 'rejuvenated.'" This could explain why he kept the painting closely with him until his death, and why his recorded portrait of Lisa del Giocondo, which he painted around 1503 in Florence, is another lost painting and not that at the Louvre.
Subsurface Mona Lisa/Caterina image:
Cover of book by Graeme Cameron:
According to Cameron, this new evidence found deep within the painting itself may finally resolve the 500-year-old mystery of the "Mona Lisa's" actual identity, art history's greatest enigma, together with some incredible new research revealing Leonardo's secret working methods. This led to important rediscoveries of his other lost works, including Leonardo's pivotal "Self-portrait from the Year 1500," featured on Cameron's book cover. Other restituted masterpieces revealed through this unique research include a beautiful missing 1512 Raphael painting of "The Judgement of Paris" and an iconic Hans Holbein 1542 portrait of "Elizabeth 1st as a Young Tudor Princess."
Cameron says these fascinating revelations could rewrite world history, with more to be revealed in the planned series of 12 volumes, with the inaugural Volume 1 just released.
Other extraordinary research findings feature in this first book, "The Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci - Mona Lisa's Identity Revealed," by research historian Graeme Cameron, distributed by VegaScans, and available directly on the Internet at http://www.vegascans.com and also vegascans on eBay. It will also soon appear in bookshops worldwide, priced at A$34.90, for the 128-page, fully illustrated A4 softcover book, which outlines 40 years of remarkable art historical research findings, using this advanced new scanning method and the discovery of many significant lost and misattributed masterpieces.
Fascinating insights are also given into Leonardo's secret working methods - including his unknown hidden sketches called "Phenomena" deep within his works, of designs for War machines, Grotesque heads, reversed writing and other astounding examples, unseen since overpainted in 16th C. Renaissance Florence.