Did you know the Mona Lisa has no eyebrows? Well she doesn’t, and as it turns out it was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off. Yea – those furry friends above your eyes were considered unsightly in the days of Leonardo, so we can assume Mona’s brow-lessness wasn’t just an expression of her individuality.
There are conflicting theories that Leonardo did indeed paint the Mona Lisa with eyebrows, but that they have eroded with time or been erased by poor attempts to clean the painting. Either way the fact remains: this world-famous portrait’s brows are nowhere to be found.
(Leonardo spent four years on this painting starting in 1503. He never sold it in his lifetime, and it is still unknown how La Gioconda slipped out of Italian hand and into those of French kings.)
with contributions from guest-blogger, Deniz Caglar