Why does the Mona Lisa not have eyebrows?

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Welcome to the 3rd part of our Mona Lisa question week. A lot of people wonder why the Mona Lisa doesn’t have any eyebrows. Well, that mystery has now been solved thanks to an engineer called Pascal Cotte. The Mona Lisa when Da Vinci painted her did indeed have eyebrows but that over time and over cleaning have eroded them to the point that they are no longer visible.

Pascal Cotte, an engineer who has been studying the Mona Lisa using highly detailed scans explained:

“If you look closely at Mona Lisa’s eye you can clearly see that the cracks around the eye have slightly disappeared, and that may be explained that one day a curator or restorer cleaned the eye, and cleaning the eye, probably removed the eyelashes and eyebrow,” he said.

Cotte, says that from these scans he can see traces of a left eyebrow long obscured from the naked eye by the efforts of the art restorers.

Mystery solved.


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