May 6, 2006

My Mona Lisa

I have the real Mona Lisa hanging on the wall in my living room. It is the very one that Leonardo da Vinci painted in oil on wood likely between 1503 and 1505 and is also called La Gioconda. The more famous version in the Musee du Louvre is a fake.

Perhaps you are skeptical. Well let me say first that it looks like the real Mona Lisa and when I see it I get very intense Mona Lisaisque feelings and so do many of my friends although some of them are, like you, skeptical. I inherited it from my mother who inherited it from her mother. Both told me in very solemn tones that it was authentic. My grandmother said she acquired it from a very religions monk while visiting Florence in 1912. Because of how it looks, the way it makes me feel and the way it makes others feel, I have no doubt that it is authentic and the one in the Louvre is a fake. In fact, the authenticity of the painting is a central article of faith in my family and among all open-minded persons who have seen it.

There have been those, perhaps you are among them, that have asked me to submit the painting to scientific study. While my belief in the authenticity of my Mona Lisa is unshakable and I see no reason for such study, others have serendipitously subjected the paint on its surface to spectral analysis. Still others have studied the wood on which it was painted. Art historians, experienced in da Vinci's work, have studied it. And historians of modern art traffic have compared its pedigree with the one in the Louvre. Virtually every one of these so called experts has failed to see that my Mona Lisa is authentic and continue to have faith in the one in the Louvre.

But my Mona Lisa is not without learned supporters. Many of my fellow believers have PhDs and LLDs. They are all very knowledgeable in their fields, some even teach at prestigious universities. And they are equally convinced that my Mona Lisa is authentic. One of my learned friends pointed out that the work of all the doubting scientists and historians is very theory laden. And what these scientists have actually done by way of these studies is to disprove their own theories. Indeed, the authenticity of my Mona Lisa must now become the one unshakable landmark on which all theory in every discipline rests.

[Note: to reduce the possibility that someone will read this and want to break into my house and steal the real Mona Lisa, I should tell you that as far as I know my grandmother was never in Florence, Italy. And oh yeah, I don't have the Mona Lisa on the wall in my living room. But I still believe in my Mona Lisa.]

Posted by Duane Smith at May 6, 2006 9:36 AM | Read more on Humor |

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Nice post, Duane, but I am afraid your Mona Lisa is fake. I saw the real one with my own eyes in Washington, D.C. today:

Posted by: Aydin at May 7, 2006 2:44 PM


You keep posting things like this and you are going to need my guns and me for protection.


Posted by: Joe Cathey at May 8, 2006 6:34 AM

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