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In SAN FRANCISCO, California, The “Mona Lisa” has long been shrouded in mystery, including one long standing question about the famous lady: What happened to her eyebrows and eyelashes?


A French engineer and inventor examined the famous painting with a camera of his own design.

Now, a French engineer and inventor says he’s uncovered part of the enigma.

Pascal Cotte announced at a press conference Wednesday that he has found definitive proof that when Leonardo da Vinci painted the original portrait he included “Mona Lisa’s” lashes and brows.

Cotte examined the world’s most famous painting using a high definition camera of his own design.

The device scanned a 240 million pixel image using 13 light spectrums, including ultra violet and infrared.

The resulting ultra high resolution photograph of 150,000 dots per inch yielded a reproduction of the “Mona Lisa’s” face magnified 24 times. And there Cotte found the evidence he sought, a single brushstroke of a single hair above the left brow.

“One day I say, if I can find only one hair, only one hair of the eyebrow, I will have definitively the proof that originally Leonardo da Vinci had painted eyelash and eyebrow,” said Cotte.

So, if she once had lashes, where did they go? Possibly faded pigment, Cotte suggested, or possibly a poor attempt to clean the painting.

“And if you look closely at the eye of ‘Mona Lisa’ you can clearly see that the cracks around the eye have slightly disappeared, and that may be explained that one day a curator or restorer cleaned the eye, and cleaning the eye, removed, probably removed the eyelashes and eyebrow,” he said.

Cotte’s high resolution camera led him to numerous additional discoveries about the enigmatic artwork.

The infrared layer of the image shows that the fingers of the “Mona Lisa’s” left hand were originally painted in a slightly different position than in the final portrait.

Cotte said the change in position was the result of a lap blanket held by Leonardo’s model. In today’s faded image the blanket is all but obscured, but the highly detailed camera detected the faded pigment.

“It was really the first time that we have this kind of position of the arm,” Cotte said, “and after Leonardo da Vinci, thousands of painters have made a copy of this position but without understanding why we have this position. The real justification of the position of the wrist is to hold the blanket on her stomach. It’s really a great, for me, it’s really a great discovery.”

One of the results of Cotte’s work is a “virtual” restoration of the painting, an exact replica showing the original colors as they would have looked when the painting was new.

The skin tones of Leonardo’s model appear as a warm pink and the sky behind her is a glowing blue, far different from the gray-green tint that covers the artwork today. That dark patina is the result of 500 years of aging, according to Cotte.

Cotte presented numerous other findings within the infrared layer he photographed.

The researcher said the “Mona Lisa’s” smile was originally slightly wider than it appears today, and, in fact, so was her entire face.

Leonardo kept this painting with him for more than a decade, and is said to have worked on it up until his death. The Renaissance artist once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

The results of Cotte’s study are on display at the Metreon in San Francisco, as part of the exhibit “Da Vinci: An Exhibition of Genius.”
Thank you CNN News

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Iconic philanthropist Brooke Astor dies at 105


In NEW YORK, Brooke Astor, the civic leader, philanthropist and high society fixture who gave away nearly $200 million to support New York City’s great cultural institutions and a host of humbler projects, died Monday. She was 105.

Astor, who recently was the center of a highly publicized legal dispute over her care, died of pneumonia at Holly Hill, her Westchester County estate in Briarcliff Manor, family lawyer Kenneth Warner said.

“Brooke was truly a remarkable woman,” longtime family friend David Rockefeller said. “She was the leading lady of New York in every sense of the word.”

Although a legendary figure in New York City and feted with a famous gala on her 100th birthday in March 2002, Astor was mostly interested in putting the fortune that husband Vincent Astor left to use helping others.

Her efforts won her a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1998.

“Money is like manure, it should be spread around,” was her oft-quoted motto. There has been a lot to spread in the family ever since Vincent Astor’s great-great-grandfather, John Jacob Astor, made a fortune in fur trading and New York real estate.

Brooke Astor gave millions to what she called the city’s “crown jewels” — among them the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History, Central Park and the Bronx Zoo.

She also funded scores of smaller projects: Harlem’s Apollo Theater; a new boiler for a youth center; beachside bungalow preservation; a church pipe organ; furniture for homeless families moving in to apartments.

It was a very personal sort of philanthropy. “People just can’t come up here and say, `We’re doing something marvelous, send a check.’ We say, ‘Oh, yes, we’ll come and see it,”‘ she said.

Papers filed in July 2006 alleged her final years were marred by neglect, and in a settlement three months later her son, Anthony Marshall, was replaced as her legal guardian with Annette de la Renta, wife of the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.

Marshall’s son Philip Marshall, a professor at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, had alleged that his father was looting his grandmother’s estate and allowing her to live in filthy conditions at her Park Avenue duplex. Anthony Marshall, a former diplomat and sometime Broadway producer who won Tony awards in 2003 and 2004, denied any wrongdoing.

In December, a Manhattan judge ruled that claims “regarding Mrs. Astor’s medical and dental care, and the other allegations of intentional elder abuse” by Anthony Marshall were not substantiated.

Astor was born Brooke Russell in March 30, 1902, when Theodore Roosevelt was president, the U.S. had only 45 states and the Wright brothers had yet to make their first flight.

She was the only child of John H. Russell, a career Marine officer who rose to become commandant of the Corps from 1934 to 1936. She was fluent in Chinese after having spending her childhood in China and many other places, including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Hawaii and Panama.

“I grew up feeling that the most important thing in life was to have good manners and to enhance the lives of others,” Brooke Astor said in a 1992 interview with The Associated Press.

At age 16, she was pushed by her mother into marriage with J. Dryden Kuser, whom she had met at a Princeton prom. The marriage ended in divorce 10 years later.

Her second marriage was to stockbroker Charles “Buddie” Marshall. Her son Anthony, from her marriage to Kuser, took Marshall’s name. During her marriage to Marshall, Astor wrote articles for various magazines and joined the staff of House & Garden, where she was feature editor for several years.

Marshall died in 1952. A year later, she married Vincent Astor, the eldest son of John Jacob Astor 4th, who died in the sinking of the Titanic.

Vincent Astor, who had no children, died in 1959. He left his widow $2 million plus the interest off $60 million and endowed the Vincent Astor Foundation with an additional $67 million. It gave away approximately $200 million by the time it closed at the end of 1997.

“Vincent was a very suspicious man,” Brooke Astor recalled. “The fact that he had total confidence in me to run the foundation made me want to vindicate him, show him — wherever he is — that I could do a good job.”

She decided that since the money was made in New York it should largely be spent there. She also persuaded the trustees to give away principal as well as interest so most of the money would be spent in her lifetime.

“I’m afraid that, to old John Jacob Astor, spending principal would seem like dancing naked in the streets,” she acknowledged.

Hers was a hands-on approach, personally going over applications and then going out to meet the people who ran the programs.

“Even in the worst drug areas, I don’t hesitate to go right in and see people,” she once said.

Astor Foundation director Linda Gillies, several decades younger than Astor, once said Astor “wears us out.”

“Often,” Gillies said, “we can’t keep up with her.”


Astor wrote four books: “Patchwork Child,” a 1962 autobiography; “The Bluebird is at Home,” 1965, a novel; the autobiographical “Footprints,” 1980; and “The Last Blossom on the Plum Tree,” 1986, a period novel.
Thank you AP News.
We will all miss this grand supporter of the Arts. What ever will NY do, with out her?

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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