How ‘quick eye’ Leonardo captured Mona Lisa’s magical smile

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How ‘quick eye’ Leonardo captured Mona Lisa’s magical smile

It’s all down to his uncanny ocular ability that had a 400-year jump on slow-motion photography

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Scientists believe Leonardo da Vinci’s super-fast eye may have helped him catch the enigmatic magic of Mona Lisa’s smile.

This superhuman trait, which top tennis and baseball players may also share, allowed the Renaissance master to capture accurately minute, fleeting expressions and even birds and dragonflies in flight.

Art historians have long talked of Leonardo’s “quick eye”, but David S Thaler of Switzerland’s University of Basel has tried to gauge it in a new study published alongside another paper showing how he gave his drawings and paintings uncanny emotional depth...

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