Is the Mona Lisa Leonardo Da Vinci in Drag?

Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. (1919)

A group of Italian art historians believe the Mona Lisa is actually a self-disguised portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci, and they are ready to go to extremes to prove it. The group has requested permission to open his tomb and use his skull to “rebuild Leonardo’s face and compare it with the Mona Lisa,” anthropologist Giorgio Gruppioni told the Times of London.

According to Art Info: “…supporters of the investigation point to similarities between the Mona Lisa’s facial structure and that of the artist’s own face as evidenced in a circa 1515 self-portrait, also citing da Vinci’s homosexuality and interest in riddles as support for the conjecture. The undertaking would have tickled Marcel Duchamp. The keen wit behind L.H.O.O.Q. (1919), a reproduction of the Mona Lisa embellished with a mustache, the late Modernist icon had a cross-dressing artistic alter ego himself, Rrose Sélavy.” [Yahoo]

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