Mona Lisa Secrets

You'd think a girl could be left alone after 500 years, but if anything, the scrutiny of the Mona Lisa is more intense than ever. After studying the painting with 3-D laser scanners, researchers posited last week that Leonardo da Vinci's subject was pregnant, lending scientific cred to an old theory. "People have said there is an enigma to the Mona Lisa," says historian Donald Sassoon, author of Becoming Mona Lisa. "That makes it popular because people like enigmas and secret codes." True enough. Here are some puzzles scientists and writers think they've solved in just the past year.


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