Skip to comments.Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'
Posted on 09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT by smokingfrog
The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci.
Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more famous likeness. Its existence first became known when it "turned up in the [Isleworth] home of an English nobleman in the late 1800s," the AP says.
Among the foundation's evidence:
-- "Historical accounts ... [that] point to two distinct and different portraits, one being of the young Mona Lisa, and the second to a Florentine woman, or La Gioconda."
-- "Scientific and physical examinations" that indicate the "earlier" painting "aligns perfectly with the 'Golden Ratio,' " which appears throughout Leonardo's art and that indicate the painting "was most likely executed at the beginning of the 16th Century." [That claim would seem to conflict with the idea that the earlier painting was done 11 or 12 years before the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, which authorities say was painted between 1503 and 1506. The artist, by the way, died in 1519.]
(Excerpt) Read more at wfae.org ...
“Leonard Da Vinci.”
He lives in the Bronx, I think.
Back in the 1960s,I read that there are several versions of the Mona Lisa. I believe LIFE had an article about one of them here in the US, in the hands of a private collector.
Well, based on the photo at Wikipedia, I’d say Leonardo wasn’t capable of doing shadowing as bad as this. Just look at the woman’s neck.
Of course, it may be a bad photo or badly in need of cleaning. Or maybe, just maybe, I don’t really know what I’m talking about.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.