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La Gioconda di Leonardo secondo Martin Kemp e Giuseppe Pallanti 

 

Franco Paliaga 

 

Review of: Martin Kemp, Giuseppe Pallanti, Mona Lisa. The People and the Painting, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017

 

 

Kemp’s and Pallanti’s stimulating study, grounded in documentary and literary sources, is the product of meticulous research into the family histories of painter, patron and subject. While this book is invaluable for offering a better understanding of the painting, its confirmation of the Gioconda’s identity with Lisa Gherardini, mother and silk merchant’s wife, remains disputed in scholarship.