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Aesthetics-minded Americans decry Paris love locks

PARIS (AP) — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine? Concerns about scenery are clashing with sentimentality in this reputed City of Love over a profusion …

Group claims Da Vinci painted early Mona Lisa work

GENEVA (AP) — A Zurich-based foundation says it will prove to the world Thursday that Leonardo Da Vinci painted an earlier version of the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa Foundation, which owns the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” says that after 35 years of research, experts believe it predates the famed 16th-century …

Male Model Behind the Mona Lisa, Expert Claims – ABC News

A male apprentice, longtime companion and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci was the main influence and a model for the “Mona Lisa” painting, an Italian researcher said Wednesday. But the researcher, Silvano Vinceti, said the portrait also represents a synthesis of Leonardo’s scientific, artistic and philosophical beliefs. Because the …