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Hidden portrait found under the Mona Lisa, says French scientist

Tourist take pictures for Leonard de Vinci's La Joconde painting, Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov.19, 2015.
Tourist take pictures for Leonard de Vinci's La Joconde painting, Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov.19, 2015. AP

The Mona Lisa we all know, love and visit in the Louvre might not be who we think she is.

A French scientist says he’s found a hidden portrait underneath that enigmatic smile using reflective light technology. Pascal Cotte’s findings come after a decade of secret research, revealed BBC Two programme airing Wednesday called “Secrets of the Mona Lisa.”

In this film, art historian Andrew Graham Dixon investigates the painting, finding hidden secrets. In a press release about the show, Cotte said “The results shatter many myths and alter our vision of Leonardo’s masterpiece forever.”

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