Ten interesting facts about
1. The author this artwork is: Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)
2. The name of this painting is: "Large Bocca della Verità (The Jaws of Truth)"
3. Size of this oil and tempera on red beechwood painting is 111 x 100 cm (43.7 x 39.37 inch)
4. It was a record for the artist selling at auction Sotheby's London. Estimate: £6-8 million GBP. Sold for £9.3 million / $14.4 million / €13 million.
5. There are a couple of versions of this oil painting
6. "The lion" is an ancient mask . It is the test for lying people. If a person lies - his hand will be bitten off by a lion mask.
7. "The Mouth of Truth" (lion's mask) is a marble mask in Rome Italy It is located against the left wall of the portico of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church, at the "Piazza della Bocca dell a Verità". It attracts visitors who stick their hands in the "lion's mouth".
8. The plot of this painting is: A woman accused of adulatory must place her hand inside the lion's mouth of the ancient mask. Her husband and a judge must watch it.
9. The woman had a plan. Her lover was dressed in a jester costume. She was putting her hand into the lion's mouth when her lover touches her body. Then the sly woman said that "I have never been touched by a man other than my husband and by this #fool here beside me."
10. Mask can’t bite the woman's hand. The husband has been deceived.