Italian historian Silvano Vinceti has proposed that the enigmatic bridge depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting is the Romito di Laterina bridge in the province of Arezzo. Vinceti argues that the bridge was fully operational during the period when Da Vinci used to travel frequently between nearby cities. The viaduct, which had four arches and was located in the Arno valley, rested on two cliffs crossed by the winding course of the Arno river, as depicted in the painting.
Vinceti also argues that other landforms in the lower left of the painting could have been inspired by the region. The historian bases his hypothesis on new historical documents, images taken with a drone and virtual reconstruction techniques of the viaduct structures.
Vinceti’s theory has generated excitement in the town of Laterina, which is seeking to protect what remains of the bridge. On the other hand, the Buriano authorities will have to remove a poster that stated that his bridge was the one represented in the painting. Vinceti claims that his hypothesis is more plausible and documented than others, and that Buriano’s bridge has six arches, while Bobbio’s has more than six, making them less likely candidates to have inspired Da Vinci.
In summary, Silvano Vinceti has proposed that the bridge depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the Romito di Laterina bridge in the province of Arezzo, based on new historical documents and virtual reconstruction techniques of the viaduct structures. This theory has generated enthusiasm in the town of Laterina and led to the removal of a poster in Buriano that claimed that his bridge was the one depicted in the painting.
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