Was the Mona Lisa actually a portrait of DaVinci's mother? Author says she was Chinese slave whose relationship withartist's father was frowned upon
Leonardo da Vinci's mother may have been aChinese slave according to new research by an Italian historian andnovelist.
Angelo Paratico has spent the last 20 years living and working in Hong Kong,researching the links between his homeland and China over the past half acentury.
Mr Paratico said documentation he hasuncovered during two years of research forms the basis of his latest bookLeonardo Da Vinci: A Chinese scholar lost in Renaissance Italy.
The book, which is due to be published nextyear, uncovers evidence, Mr Paratico claims links Da Vinci and the FarEast.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Mr Paratico said: 'I am sure upto a point that Leonardo's mother was from the Orient, but to make her anoriental Chinese, we need to use a deductive method.'
'One wealthy client of Leonardo's fatherhad a slave called Caterina. After 1452, Leonardo's date of birth, shedisappeared from the documents. She was no longer working there.'
Da Vinci's father was legal notary and itis believed his mother was called Caterina, who according to some reports, wasa local peasant.
But Mr Paratico'snew work claims it is most likely Da Vinci's mother was a slave.
Supporting his theory, Mr Paratico said:'During the Renaissance, countries like Italy and Spain were full of orientalslaves.'
He claimed that there were certain aspects of Da Vinci's life and work suggestan oriental link.
He added: 'For instance, the fact he waswriting with his left hand from left to right... and he was also a vegetarianwhich was not common. Mona Lisa is probably a portrait of his mother, asSigmund Freud said in 1910. On the back of Mona Lisa, there is a Chineselandscape and even her face looks Chinese.'
Mr Paratico said he believes the only way to solve the mystery is to exhume some of Da Vinci's relations in Florence and extract someDNA.
JaneQAverage, Anytown, Faroe Islands, 4hours ago
She doesn't look Chinese to me.
Lauren, Australia, 1 hour ago
Totally agree, a long nose and liddedeyelids, what planet are the on?
Kitty Yore Smith, Arlington, 4 hours ago
Has Angelo Paratico ever met someone whowas Chinese?
bee, London, 3 hours ago
She does not look Chinese, not even inslightest! Appears someone needs money!