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Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

A Modern Look at a Timeless Classic
  • Dennis Lin
  • Jilin Tu
  • Shyamsundar Rajaram
  • Zhenqiu Zhang
  • Thomas Huang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4299)

Abstract

There has been some controversy over the true subject portrayed in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. In particular, there are suggestions that the painting is in fact a self-portrait. In this paper, we analyze the shapes of the features in the Mona Lisa and a known self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci using active shape models. We conclude that the two faces have very distinct features and that they appear to be of different genders.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Lin
    • 1
  • Jilin Tu
    • 1
  • Shyamsundar Rajaram
    • 1
  • Zhenqiu Zhang
    • 1
  • Thomas Huang
    • 1
  1. 1.Beckman InstituteUniversity of Illinois Urbana ChampaignUrbana

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