Contest #568: Pointe Gobbo, Bobbio, Italy

In 1472, the Trebbia river flooded, partially destroying a bridge at the northern Italian town of Bobbio.

Art Historian Carla Glori is convinced that minute details included by Leonardo da Vinci in the background of the Mona Lisa are a reference to that event, and therefore the mysterious background, including a bridge that resembles Pointe Gobbo, is Bobbio.

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, from C2RMF retouched.jpg
The bridge is right above her left shoulder

The Devil's Bridge, Bobbio, Italy.jpg
The bridge as it looks today – by AnnieGreenSprings

Now, of course, there are many, many other theories of the location of the painting, including that it was all in The Master’s head, but I liked this one because it made for a good contest!!

Those who found it before the hint included:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Abcdefg Hijkl

And after the hint:

  • Lance Finney
  • Yakubi Dergahi
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Sarah G.
  • Hilde Lambeir