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Experts at the Heidelberg University library say they have confirmed that the subject for Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa was Lisa del Giocondo, wife of a 16th-century Florentine merchant, just as art historian Giorgio Vasari said way back in 1550, fifty years after the picture was painted. They base their claims on notes made by Florentine city official Agostino Vespucci, an acquaintance of the artist, in a collection of letters by the Roman orator Cicero.

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