‘Mona Lisa’ Is Smiling, Really

 

Despite the intangible sadness that imbues the face of “Mona Lisa,” she is unquestionably smiling, a new small study suggests.

Researchers showed 12 people the original portrait of “Mona Lisa,” as well as eight additional versions that had digital tweaks showing her mouth either more upturned or downturned.

The original and all of the “positive” Mona Lisa images were perceived as “happy” almost 100 percent of the time, the researchers found.

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