There's a stone bridge in Mona Lisa backdrop - A historian has claimed to have identified it
Historians and art experts know everything there is to know about the most famous painting in the world - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Every smudge, stroke, dark and light spots of the portrait have been carefully studied and analysed for years.
But now, an Italian historian has claimed to have identified a detail depicted in the background of the iconic portrait that has baffled experts for decades.
Those who have seen the real portrait or a high-definition photograph of the portrait, might have noticed vast landscape that appears to be a winding path and a distant bridge behind the subject.
Historian Silvano Vinceti claimed that the Romito di Laterina bridge in the province of Arezzo is in the background of the iconic painting by Da Vinci.
If true, it would end a mystery that has intrigued countless art researchers and experts for decades.
The bridge in question can be spotted on the right side of the portrait, just over the shoulder of the woman, thought to be Madam Lisa Giocondo, an Italian noblewoman.
Vinceti told reporters that he was certain the bridge was the Romito di Laterina on the Arno River. It was built in the 16th century.
As of today, only one of the four arches of the bridge remains intact.
For years, severa theories identified the bridge as Ponte Buriano and the Ponte Bobbio in the Italian city of Pacenza.
Vinceti arrived at his conclusion after studying historical documents and drone images. He even did comparative studies between the painting and photographs of the area, according to a report by The Guardian.
He told media that the most telling detail were the number of arches of the bridge.
Mona Lisa shows the bridge with four arches. But Ponte Buriano has six arches.
It is said the Roman Romito bridge provided a shortcut that reduced the journey between Arezzo, Fiesole and Florence by several hours.
“The distinctive form of the Arno along that stretch of territory corresponds to what Leonardo portrayed in the landscape to the left of the noblewoman depicted in the famous painting,” Vinceti was quoted as saying by The Guardian.