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Mona Lisa May Not Be Who She’s Thought to Be; Startling New Discovery

Mona Lisa, the enigmatic portrait of a 16th century woman with a wry smile, may not be the person she was thought to be. A French scientist has made a startling discovery–an image from earlier paintings by the great Leonardo di Vinci. Pascal Cotte has been studying the 500-year-old masterpiece. He uncovered the image using a so-called “reflective light” technology, according to the BBC....

Michelangelo Sculpted Bronze Statues, New Evidence Suggests

Michelangelo is primarily known as a sculptor by his works in marble. But two statues that have existed under the noses of art historians for years are possibly the only examples of his work in bronze to survive the centuries, art experts said today. The statues of nude men riding panthers have been known to art historians for a century or more and once were attributed to the great master. If true, the find would be “phenomenally important,” according to one art historian....