Mona Lisa smile due ‘to very high cholesterol’

“The intriguing smile of the Mona Lisa was the result of very high levels of cholesterol, according to a medical expert who has studied famous figures in Renaissance art. The facial expression – one of the main reasons why the 16th century painting is among the most famous works of art in the world – shows signs of a build up of fatty acids around the eyes of the subject , according to Vito Franco of the University of Palermo …” (more)

[Alastair Jamieson, Herald, 6 January]

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