A Gripping Page-Turner: The Plot Thickens Around Jane Austen

“Mona Lisa” is not only Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, but also the most enigmatic. For centuries, after this Renaissance masterpiece was created sometime in the first two decades of the 16th century, questions have been raised—but never answered with any certainty—about her famous smile and the identity of the model. Some experts believe Leonardo (1452–1519) painted Lisa Gherardini,…

A Gripping Page-Turner: The Plot Thickens Around Jane Austen

Swiss banks are notorious for keeping secrets, but in early October one of its vaults yielded an unexpected discovery—a long-lost painting by a prolific master of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci (1452 -1519). The richly colored artwork resembles a 1499 pencil sketch of an Italian noblewoman, Isabella d’Este, which is hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris. This find…