After learning about their connection to the woman, which was then just a family legend, a family friend and historian took it upon himself to uncover the sisters’ family tree and reveal the truth.
It is widely believed that Mona Lisa is actually Italian noblewoman Lisa del Giocondo, whose husband Francesco, a silk merchant, commissioned Da Vinci to make the portrait in the early 16th century. It is the Italian renaissance painter’s best-known artwork, and has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris for more than 200 years.
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