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Posted at 1:21 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Mona Lisa's eyes reveal some secrets

By Melissa Bell
Mona Lisa's eyes
The "Mona Lisa" painting being examined with a non-invasive technique called X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study the thickness of paint layers and their chemical composition. (V.A Sol/ESRF/AP)

They said it was her smile. Well, they were wrong. It's all about Mona Lisa's eyes. What exactly is it? Possibly the answer to just who the mysterious Mona Lisa really was? An Italian researcher says he has found tiny letters in her eyes that may tell her secret identity.

The right eye has an "L" and a "V", likely for Leonardo Vinci. In the left, the letters B, S or CE were found. Though it is not known whose initials those letters would stand for, it does contradict the common belief that Mona Lisa was Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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Comments

"Mona Lisa lost her smile
The painter's hands are trembling now
And if she's out there running wild
It's just because I taught her how...

....And the eyes that used to burn for me...

...Til I erased the painter's name"...

J. Cunningham
Performed by: David Allan Coe

Posted by: ohwell1 | December 13, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

A better story of discovery of Hebrew inscription on Madonna is at http://www.flwildflowers.com/hebrew. The Cincinnati museum will take the painting off its walls next Monday to examine. Mike.

Posted by: mikems | December 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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