The maternal life of Mona Lisa

More interesting facts as I research my novel Mona Lisa’s Secret – especially interesting for all those female artists out there – Married at 15 to a man who had lost two wives prior not only did she instantly become the mother of his one-year-old son but she went on to bear 6 more children.

Her first biological son was Piero (born in 1496), her second child a daughter called Piera – born in 1499 (who very sadly died aged 2), her 3rd child Camilla born that same year 1499 ( Camilla took the habit at the age of 12 in 1511 – 4 years after the Mona Lisa was finished. Tragically she fell ill and died when she was 18 and Lisa was 39 or 40 years old), Lisa’s 4th child Marietta born 1500 and her 5th child was a second son born 12 Dec 1502 (not long before the Mona Lisa portrait was started);  and finally, and again tragically, her 6th child another boy Giocondo born Dec 1507 (just after portrait was finished) and who only lived a month.

A good portrait reveals the soul of its subject…do you think, given the very sad events of her life, the Mona Lisa achieved this?

Photo: more interesting facts as I research my novel Mona Lisa's Secret - especially interesting for all those female artists out there - Married at 15 to a man who had lost two wives prior not only did she instantly become the mother of his one-year-old son but she went on to bear 6 more children. </p>
<p>Her first biological son was Piero (born in 1496), 2nd a daughter called Piera - born in 1499 (who died aged 2), 3rd child Camilla  born  that same year ie 1499 ( who took the habit at the age of 12 in 1511 ( 4 years after the Mona Lisa was finished and who fell ill and died when she was 18 and Lisa was 39 or 40 years old), 4th Marietta born 1500 and 5th child is finally another boy - a second son born 12 Dec 1502 not long before the Mona Lisa portrait was started and finally her 6th child another boy Giocondo born dec 1507 just after portrait was finished and who only lived a month. </p>
<p>A good portrait reveals the soul of its subject...do you think the Mona Lisa achieved this?

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