The mystery that surrounds the Mona Lisa and her accented smile has for years fascinated scholars and art lovers. Many have tried to find an answer or give some explanation for that. The one that brings to light Mandeep R. Mehra, seems to give a decisive answer to all our doubts.
Mona Lisa, when she was portrayed, was sick.
Making this theory public, he was the medical director of the Heart & Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mandeep R. Mehra. He wanted to share with the world this theory by sending a letter to the magazine “Mayo Clinic Proceedings“, which was later published. Mandeep R. Mehra, after carefully studying the painting, is sure that the Mona Lisa was sick at the time of the portrait. The disease that afflicted her was hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid. The thyroid ts inability to synthesize a quantity of hormones appropriate to the needs of the entire body. This illness involves a symptom that is often evident, and which Mehra found by observing the portrait.
Symptoms of Mona Lisa
The symptoms we can find looking at the painting of Da Vinci are many. The olive color of the woman’s skin, the swollen neck, the lack of eyebrows and the very thin hair. All features that made this portrait fascinating and mysterious, but that would have a scientific explanation.
According to Mehra’s theory and studies, this disease leads exhaustion such that it would have been impossible for the poor woman to smile more convincingly. To strengthen his thesis, the pregnancy now known to everyone who had recently completed the Mona Lisa just before being portrayed. Hypothyroidism, in fact, can also be caused by pregnancy.
An explanation that would seem to put an end to the thousand mysteries that surround the most famous painting in the world. But the only thing certain is that the Mona Lisa will continue to possess that ethereal charm, with or without answers.