Research carried out by Hong Kong-based Italian historian and novelist Angelo Paratico has led him to claim that Leonardo Da Vinci’s mother, who is thought by many to have been the subject of the ‘Mona Lisa’, could have been a Chinese slave.
Paratico’s research, which he has devoted the past two years to, has formed the basis of his new book, Leonardo Da Vinci: A Chinese scholar lost in Renaissance Italy.
In his book, which is set for publication next year, Paratico reportedly aims to uncover Da Vinci’s connection with the Far East, Daily Mail reports.
The Italian, who has spent the last 20 years in Hong Kong, is confident that the painter’s origins were rooted in Asia. “I am sure up to a point that Leonardo’s mother was from the Orient, but to make her an oriental Chinese, we need to use a deductive method,” he told reporters from South China Morning Post.
Paratico highlights a number of other factors that would indicate Da Vinci had Chinese ancestry, adding “for instance, the fact he was writing with his left hand from left to right… and he was also a vegetarian which was not common. Mona Lisa is probably a portrait of his mother, as Sigmund Freud said in 1910. On the back of Mona Lisa, there is a Chinese landscape and even her face looks Chinese.”
The historian—who has also written a number of novels, including one about a young James Bond—believes that, despite the findings gathered from his study, the only way to accurately pinpoint Da Vinci’s ancestry is to exhume a few of his relatives to gather some DNA.
On a rather more certain note, there is a lot less ambiguity surrounding the ancestry of the person who painted this recreation of the ‘Mona Lisa‘.
By Robert Ridley