A recent discovery by Pascal Cote, a French scientist, has introduced the possibility that under the famous Mona Lisa lies another painting. Pascal has designated 10 years of his life to study data from state-of-the-art technologies that scanned the Mona Lisa in 2004. Could the painting we have always known be hiding another?
(original Mona Lisa on right, digital reconstruction on left)
I am not convinced yet. The Louvre Museum (which holds the Mona Lisa) has failed to comment on the new discovery, other than to mention that Pascal Cote acted alone in his research, not part of any scientific team. Martin Kemp, a professor at the University of Oxford, considered this new discovery "Untenable." Although the technology used in this discovery is state-of-the-art, Cote's analysis of the data from the technology may not have been. No one should jump to any conclusions from one scientists discovery. Already there has been talk about renaming the painting, and that it is the discovery of the century. However, Cote's theory has yet to be backed by any other scientific study. I think more research is required before we determine anything for sure.