A simple pearl necklace and a matching ring would be the
perfect ornaments for his muse, Leonardo pondered.
He suggested to her that these exquisite jewels would be
the ideal complement for her portrait, encouraging her to wear them as she
Lisa adorned herself with the pearls trying various
arrangements around her neck and on her hand,so that the jewels were the
painting’s focal point.
Later on, while creating sketches, Leonardo noticed
suddenly that the jewels vanished and when he asked her where they were, she
just responded with a “smile”- the most enigmatic smile in history. Because she
was indeed wearing them, she revealed.
Hidden jewels had never held such profound significance.
This story, if true, could shed new light on the world’s
most famous portrait - a tale of two lovers, of their secret bond and of the
complicit smile hinting at intimate secrets only known by them.
Leonardo was never separated from this painting.