Mona Lisa was happy, disgusted, afraid and angry

Emotion-recognition software unravels the mystery of her enigmatic smile once and for all.

Katharine Mieszkowski
December 17, 2005 12:29AM (UTC)

This just in from the New Scientist: Mona Lisa was complex.

A researcher in Amsterdam ran the image of Leonardo da Vinci's famously enigmatic subject through emotion-recognition software, and found definitively that Mona Lisa was: 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful and 2 percent angry.


Color us 73 percent amused.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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