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Wer war Mona Lisa? - 2011-04-28

Wer war Mona Lisa wirklich?         Giuseppe Pallanti (geb. 1951), Wirtschaftswissenschaftler in Florenz, stieß bei seinen historischen Forschungen über Landgüter im Chianti zufällig auf den Namen Gherardini und erinnerte sich, bei Vasari gelesen zu haben, Mona Lisa sei eine geborene Gherardini gewesen.

Er recherchierte weiter und begab sich in den Florentiner Archiven auf eine Zeitreise zurück in die Toskana der Früh- und Hochrenaissance. So entdeckte er u.a. das Testament Francesco del Giocondos, in dem viel über dessen zweite Frau Lisa, genannt "la Gioconda", zu erfahren ist, und Dokumente, die belegen, dass Leonardos Vater, ein angesehener Notar, mit Giocondo geschäftlich in Verbindung stand.

Bis zum spektakulären Diebstahl der "Mona Lisa" aus dem Louvre 1911 waren Vasaris Angaben zur Identität der Dargestellten nicht in Frage gestellt worden. Jetzt interessierten sich plötzlich die Presse und die Zunft der Historiker für die schöne Unbekannte. Teils abenteuerliche Thesen machten die Runde, u.a. dass es sich um eine Geliebte Giuliano de' Medicis oder gar ein Selbstportrait Leonardos als Frau handelt.

Pallanti kreist seine drei Hauptpersonen - Lisa Gherardini, Francesco del Giocondo und Leonardo - mit Hilfe der historischen Dokumente auf zwei Ebenen ein: vor dem Hintergrund der politischen und sozialen Verhältnisse im Florenz des 15. und frühen 16.

Jahrhunderts und mit einer überraschend detailreichen Schilderung des Alltagslebens der Kaufmannsfamilie del Giocondo, ihrer Geschäfte, ihrer gesellschaftlichen Stellung und ihrer Kontakte zu den prominenten Figuren der Stadt.


http://www.schirmer-mosel.de/homed1/index.htm
 
Mona Lisan hymyn jäljillä, by Helja Laukkanen, Mondo, Helsinki - 2007-03-09

Tänään ilmestyneessä Mondossa piti olla kansainvälinen skuuppi. Näin sen piti mennä:   "Pitkään tutkijamaailmaa askarruttanut arvoitus Mona Lisan hautapaikasta on ratkennut. Tänään ilmestyvä Mondo-lehti kertoo, mihin Leonardo DaVincin kuuluisan Mona Lisa -taulun mallina ollut Lisa del Giocondo on haudattu. Lehti paljastaa ensimmäisenä maailmassa koko Mona Lisan elämänkaaren.

Kansainvälisesti merkittävän löydön on tehnyt italialainen tutkija Giuseppe Pallanti. Tammikuussa 2007 Pallanti löysi arkistojen kätköistä Mona Lisan kuolinajan ja hautapaikan.  Matkailulehti Mondo julkistaa tiedon ensimmäisenä maailmassa. Pallanti ei ole vielä julkistanut tietoaan muualla. Mondon-lehden juttu kulkee Firenzessä Mona Lisan jalanjäljillä, Pallantin seurassa.

Tohtori Giuseppe Pallanti on kansainvälisesti arvostettu Mona Lisa -tutkija, joka on noussut aiemminkin otsikoihin paljastamalla aiemmin tuntemattomia seikkoja kirjassaan "La vera identità della Gioconda", "Mona Lisa Revealed",Skira Publisher, 2006. Nyt Pallanti on saanut käsiinsä uutta tietoa, jonka hän paljastaa ensimmäisenä maailmassa Mondolle.


http://www.mondo.fi/207/sisallysluettelo.htm
 
Mona Lisa: mystery no more, by Vivien Cuttle, ABC News - 2007-01-23
 
There's more evidence to support the theory that 'the Mona Lisa' was in fact Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine silk merchant.

Over the years, art historians have given Leonardo Da Vinci's famous portrait multiple identities, ranging from a relative of the artist to a prostitute.

But in 1550, about 44 years after the painting was completed, the 16th century painter and art historian Giorgio Vasari claimed the portrait was of Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo.

And now, the discovery of a will and a grave lend support to Vasari's theory.

Historian Giuseppe Pallanti has spent years researching the woman behind the portrait and has written two books on the subject.

His research shows Lisa married Francesco del Giocondo in 1495, when she was 16 years old.

Now Pallanti has unearthed Ser Francesco's will, in which he asks their youngest child, Marietta, to take care of his "beloved wife".

Marietta had become a nun, Suor Ludovica, so she took her mother to the nearby Sant'Orsola convent, where it appears Lisa's buried.

Pallanti found the church's archives, which state, "Monna Lisa di Francesco del Giocondo died on 15 July 1542 and was buried in Sant'Orsola".

And apparently the Mona Lisa was well-loved – the church records show the whole community showed up to say goodbye at her funeral.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/arts/articulate/200701/s1831690.htm
 
Mona Lisa war da Vincis Nachbarin, Focus - 2007-01-19
 
Glaubt man neuesten Forschungsergebnissen in Italien, ist das Rätsel um die Identität von Leonardo da Vincis Mona Lisa gelüftet.
 
Der Florentiner Kunsthistoriker Giuseppe Pallanti hat nach eigenen Angaben in einem Archiv der Stadt ein Dokument entdeckt, das beweist, dass das Modell Leonardo da Vincis (1452-1519) tatsächlich in Florenz lebte und dort 1542 im Alter von 63 Jahren starb. Laut Kirchenarchiv wurde die Kaufmannsgattin Lisa Giocondo, geborene Gherardini, im Kloster Sant´Orsola im Herzen der Toskana-Metropole beigesetzt. Ob der jahrzehntelange Streit um die Identität der Schönen mit dem Silberblick damit beendet ist, scheint allerdings fraglich.  

"Zum ersten Mal können wir das gesamte Leben dieser Frau rekonstruieren“, sagt der Mona-Lisa-Experte Pallanti. Jahrelange akribische Kleinarbeit habe weitere wichtige Details an den Tag gebracht: So lebte die Schöne in ihrer Jugend in der Via Ghibellina – just gegenüber dem Wohnhaus der Familie da Vinci. Mehr noch: Weitere Dokumente belegen, dass sich beide Familien kannten und gesellschaftlich miteinander verkehrten, eine gleichsam ideale Voraussetzung für ein Zusammentreffen des Künstlers mit seinem Modell. Später habe die Witwe, alt und krank, ihre letzten Jahre im Kloster verbracht.


http://www.focus.de/wissen/wissenschaft/kunstgeschichte_nid_43043.html
 
New evidence on Mona Lisa model, by Mark Duff , BBC News - 2007-01-19

Mona Lisa's smile has intrigued art lovers for centuries.
An Italian art historian says he believes he has found the last resting place of the woman behind Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting.

Most experts agree that it is Lisa Gherardini - the wife of a wealthy merchant in Florence.

But Giuseppe Pallanti now says records from the time show that she died aged 63 in July 1542 and was buried in a now dilapidated convent in Florence.

The historian says she had seen out the last years of her life there.

After poring through thousands of official records from the time, Mr Pallanti believes Lisa Gherardini was widowed and ill when she died.

He says the documents also show that she was still a famous figure in Florentine society: the whole parish turned out for her funeral.

Even in death, it would seem, the woman who helped give the world the Mona Lisa was recognised as having something very special about her.




http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6278235.stm
 
Did Leonardo know Mona Lisa? by CNN's Alessio Vinci - 2005-09-27

Mona Lisa is one of the world's most enduring symbols of feminine allure. Was she the creation of Leonardo's da Vinci's imagination? Or was he inspired by a real woman in the streets of 16th century Florence?

New research and a newly published book now support a claim first made almost 500 years ago -- that she really existed and that she was the wife of a rich silk merchant.

Researcher Giuseppe Pallanti spent more than 25 years pouring over Florence's archives.

He came across land and marriage records written in the 1490s which he says prove that Mona Lisa existed -- and that Leonardo's family was closely connected to her husband, Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy silk trader.

"These documents prove without a doubt that del Giocondo was a client of Leonardo's father, who was a famous notary in Florence," Pallanti says.




http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/09/27/mona.lisa/index.html?eref=s
 
Italian professor solves Da Vinci mystery, China Daily - 2005-09-14

Italian scholar Giuseppe Pallanti claims in a new book to have identified Mona Lisa, the woman whose mysterious smile has intrigued art lovers ever since Leonardo da Vinci painted her portrait 500 years ago.

Pallanti's book "Monna Lisa" says land registry records and other historical documents prove that she was Lisa Gherardini, born in Florence in May 1479.
"I used nothing but archival records," Pallanti told AFP in an interview. "This is not a novel."

A recent blockbuster work of fiction, "The Da Vinci Code", suggests that Mona Lisa was Leonardo's disguised self-portrait. Another theory is that she never existed at all.

But Pallanti said his research shows that she was, as his title asserts, a real person, who in 1495 married a wealthy Florentine silk merchant, Francesco del Giocondo.

Lisa was about 24 years old when Leonardo began her portrait, which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris and is known in French as La Joconde, a corruption of the subject's married name, La Gioconda.

Lisa Gherardini was originally identified as the subject of the world's most famous painting by Leonardo's first biographer, the 16th-century Italian writer Giorgio Vasari.

But his claims were disputed after the painting was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911 and returned to the museum about two years later.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-09/14/content_374279.htm
 
La Gioconda? Era una nobile chiantigiana. Corriere della sera - 2005-09-09
Monna Lisa Gherardini sarebbe la donna ritratta nel celebre quadro di Leonardo. Verrebbe confermata la tesi del Vasari

La Gioconda (Archivio Corsera)
FIRENZE - La Gioconda ritorna a far parlare di sè. Ancora una volta ci si interroga sull'identità della figura femminile del quadro probabilmente più famoso del mondo. Quella donna sarebbe realmente esistita. Almeno così dice lo studioso fiorentino Giuseppe Pallanti. Una donna non immaginaria ma una nobile del Chianti con nome e cognome. Di una famiglia di quella piccola nobiltà rurale proprietaria di poderi e terreni nel territorio tra Greve e Castellina che in quei tempi ha dato i natali a personaggi del calibro di Giovanni da Verrazzano, il primo occidentale a navigare nella baia di New York.

UNA DONNA VERA - È questo - in sintesi - il risultato di una ricerca basata su documenti dell'archivio di Stato di Firenze condotta da Giuseppe Pallanti. Oltre ad evidenziare i luoghi in cui visse la donna, dando in questo modo prova della sua reale esistenza, lo studio, indirettamente, conferma le testimonianze del Vasari secondo il quale la 'Gioconda' visse davvero ed era in effetti monna Lisa Gherardini, andata in sposa al ricco setaiolo fiorentino Francesco Del Giocondo, da cui l'appellativo di "Gioconda".
http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Cronache/2004/09_Settembre/09/Gioco
 
Riddle of Mona Lisa is finally solved: she was the mother of five - 2005-08-01

Giuseppe Pallanti, a teacher from Florence who has spent 25 years researching the city's archives, has discovered the first clear evidence that da Vinci's family was closely connected to the silk trader, Ser Francesco del Giocondo, who married Lisa Gherardini in 1495.

Mr Pallanti has also established that Giorgio Vasari, the Italian biographer of Renaissance artists who, in 1550, named the silk merchant's wife as the subject of the portrait, was a credible source, having known the Giocondo family personally.




http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/08/01/wmona0