ARTS & CULTURE

AFP: Mona Lisa model was a male say Italian researchers

02/03/2011 11:18 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ROME -- Italian researchers who specialise in resolving art mysteries said Wednesday they have discovered the disputed identity of the model for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa -- and claimed he was a man.

Silvano Vinceti, chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage, said the Florence-born Renaissance artist's male apprentice and possible lover Salai was the main inspiration for the picture.

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