the emotions of mona lisa


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Computer decodes Mona Lisa’s smile

Scientists analyzed the portrait of the Mona Lisa, a woman with famously mixed emotions, hoping to unlock her smile. They applied emotion recognition software that measures a person’s mood by examining features such as the curve of the lips and the crinkles around the eyes.

The findings? Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6 percent fearful, and 2 percent angry, according to the British weekly “New Scientist.”

My conclusion? She didn’t mind posing because she knew it would be a famous painting (83% happy). She was a bit ticked off it was taking so long (2% angry) sitting in a filthy room (9% disgusted) for hours really needing to take a bathroom break (6% fearful).

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  • Bathroom break caused the fear? I thought it was the fear of having a major role in The Da Vinci Code.

  • rob

    True! Maybe that was the fear…not that she might pee her pants.