Mystery Solved: A Bridge in the Mona Lisa Painting Reveals Where it Was Painted

Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' hides many mysteries, but it seems we can now cross one off the list.

Isabel Cara

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The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous artworks in the world, and not only for its beauty but for all the mystery that surrounds it. After years of research, the historian Silvano Vinceti deciphered the place where this masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci was painted.

It was all thanks to the bridge that appears in the background of the painting. According to the Italian expert, this would be the same Romito or Valley Bridge, located in Arezzo, a province of Italy.

Vinceti has been in charge of discovering the secrets hidden by the also known as La Gioconda and has five books detailing various aspects of this artistic jewel. With that in mind, the theory that claimed that the bridge in the painting is that of Bobbio, located in the rural area of southern Piacenza, Italy, is ruled out.

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How the Origin Place of the Mona Lisa Was Discovered?

The historian was able to decipher the mystery of where Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, thanks to historical documents and geographical verifications carried out with sophisticated technology. Today that place looks like another one, with the bridge only an arch, which can be appreciated since it was destroyed by a flood in 1700, while the work dates from between 1501 and 1503.

This bridge was one of the busiest, information that Vinceti can verify with a document that is in the State Museum of Florence. In addition, with the help of drones and digital virtual reconstruction, he confirmed that the Romito bridge had four arches and was on two rocky cliffs over the Arno, as shown in the Mona Lisa.

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It was even proven that the pyramid-shaped rock formations that appear in the work of the Italian belong to the upper reaches of the Arno River Valley. As if that were not enough, with all this technology and detailed research, the historian also found the exact place from the perspective in which Da Vinci gave life to La Gioconda.

Currently, this majestic work rests in the Louvre Museum in Paris, where daily, more than 45 thousand people come to admire it. Finally, Silvano Vinceti warned during the press conference at the Foreign Press Association of Italy, that “any historian must know that there are no absolute truths.”

Story written in Spanish by Nayeli Párraga in Cultura Colectiva