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Mona Lisa's Eyes

Mona Lisa's Eyes - We've heard several stories about her smile, now researchers are saying there's something special in Mona Lisa's eyes.

Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti says letters — which may be those of the model in the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting — are painted in her eyes.

Vinceti says the letters are invisible to the naked eye. The letters LV, likely for the artist's initials, are painted in black on green-brown in the right pupil.

"It is what is in her left pupil that is far more interesting," Vinceti told British newspaper, The Guardian.

The letters could be a B or S, or possibly the initials CE.

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If these are the initials of the model, it would further discredit the theory the model is Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a merchant in Florence.

Vinceti said it was not Gherardini because he believed the Mona Lisa was painted when da Vinci was in Milan, likely in 1490.

Vinceti said da Vinci wanted people to know who his model was, even though it has remained a mystery for hundreds of years.

"Leonardo was keen on symbols and codes to get messages across, and he wanted us to know the identity of the model using the eyes, which he believed were the door to the soul and a means of communication," Vinceti told the newspaper.

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