A diagnosis for Mona Lisa

A diagnosis for Mona Lisa

Medical experts from all over the world try to detect the portraited woman's illnesses. For instance, doctors believe the secret of Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile is more than trivial - she was toothless!


The Mona Lisa or La Gioconda by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci is claimed to be the best-known work of art ever.

According to the most popular version, the painting is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco Del Giocondo. Mona Lisa is generally accepted to be pure perfection whose subtle enigmatic smile keeps fascinating people throughout centuries and generations. However, some specialists believe there is something amiss with the woman in the portrait as if she suffered from some illness or even a mental disorder. Here are the most astonishing opinions about La Gioconda's health condition expressed by various medical experts.

Smile. According to Joseph Borkowski, who is both an American fine art expert and a dentist, Mona Lisa lost many of her teeth. "Her smile and facial expression are characteristic of a person who has almost no front teeth!" says the expert. Joseph even managed to distinguish small scars around her mouth, which only proves the hypothesis.

Hands. Professor Jan Jacques Conte, a specialist in hand microsurgery, and Henry Greppo, an orthopaedist, are pretty sure that Mona Lisa's right hand does not simply rest on the other, but lies on it lifelessly. This may be a result of partial paralysis or perhaps because her right hand is considerably shorter than the left one.

Fingers. Finn Bekker-Christensen, a doctor from Denmark, has noticed La Gioconda's disproportioned fingers. He believes that together with her domed forehead it can serve as a sign of inborn idiocy. Finn also draws our attention to the fact that the right part of her face is smiling whereas the left part is obviously grimacing which may be regarded as a symptom of serious mental problems.

Skin. A tiny papule between the woman's left eye and nose shows that Lisa Gherardini was suffering from high blood cholesterol – a consequence of a metabolic disorder. This expert view was first shared by the Canadian doctor and historian Claude Chinpel.

Eyes. Clive Nice, an English ophthalmologist, supposes that Mona Lisa's eyes do not line up in the same direction. The condition is more commonly known as "crossed eyes."

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8 Comments
Rachel Sult
Rachel Sult
No this is garbage. The author of this trivia should have his head examined.
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Aug 21, 2015 1:30PM
Kellee Christian
Kellee Christian
I agree.
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Aug 22, 2015 11:23AM
Donna Lynn Douglass
Donna Lynn Douglass
OMG just pick it a part....she is very pretty and the author is an idiot
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Aug 23, 2015 7:19PM
Derrick Hill
Derrick Hill
This is just a painting and it is subject to flaws. You are bound to find many defect in a painting which is not a picture taken by a camera.
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Aug 24, 2015 11:33AM
Sanajeh69
I lov this page,cant understand. Why ppl complaints. ABOUT. this page, dnt read the page,for sum is interesting n for. Other. I find tthis website. Interesting. . My opinion
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Sep 20, 2015 12:40AM
Ernie Crates
QUACK QUACK QUACK there's always something wrong if it can't be explained
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Jun 23, 2016 5:00PM
Anne Evans
Never knew. ...often wondered what was odd about her.
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Mar 14, 2017 12:53AM
Fleurdeliz Apellido Cruz
Fascinating... but is this necessary?
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Mar 30, 2017 12:43AM

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