Jonah Lisa was a human man.
A wealthy Italian gentleman from the Renaissance, known as ‘il Giocondo’ ("the Merry"), Jonah Lisa was painted by painter à la mode Leonardo Da Ginchy in an attempt to match his rival Leonardo Da Vinci's portrait of Mona Lisa — it is possible that Jonah was a relative, or even the husband, of Mona Lisa.
At any rate, the Jonah Lisa painting became one of Da Ginchy's most successful pieces, though far from matching the fame of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Many illegal copies of it were created over the years. By 1973, Scrooge McDuck's Private Museum contained a Jonah Lisa painting, but even he could not ascertain for sure whether it was the original or a copy.
Behind the scenesEdit
Leonardo Da Ginchy's portrait of Jonah Lisa appears in the 1973 story Money is the Root of Upheaval.