French scientist Pascal Cotte claims to have found another painting hidden under the original Mona Lisa or Lisa Gherardini that is in public display in Louvre Museum. Pascal has been studying the Mona Lisa painting for over 10 years. He gained access to the picture in 2004 as an independent researcher.
Pascal who is also the co-founder of Lumiere Technology in Paris, used a technique called Layer Amplification Method (LAM) to analyse the painting. The analysis discovered two other images under the main image. He was quoted by BBC as saying, “The results shatter many myths and alter our vision of Leonardo’s masterpiece forever. When I finished the reconstruction of Lisa Gherardini [the Mona Lisa], I was in front of the portrait and she is totally different to the Mona Lisa today. This is not the same woman.”
There has been no official comment from Louvre as of now. Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon said, “This is definitely one of the stories of the century. There will probably be some reluctance on the part of the authorities at the Louvre in changing the title of the painting because that’s what we’re talking about – it’s ‘goodbye Mona Lisa’, she is somebody else.”
Incidentally it was Pascal Cotte himself who claimed in 2007 that the Mona Lisa had eyelashes and eyebrows painted on but they got removed later due to sloppy maintenance and cleaning of the painting.