Thursday, 27 September 2012

Two Mona Lisas?

Here's a suspect painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that is worthy of a Fake or Fortune? investigation. The Mona Lisa Foundation, based in Zurich, has spent 35 years researching this "Isleworth Mona Lisa" and now claims it is an early version of Le Louvre's Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci 10 or 12 years before his famous masterpiece. The sitter certainly looks a decade younger than the famous Lisa del Giocondo, but is it by Leonardo? The backgrounds of the two paintings are different, but the old masters often had their apprentices paint backgrounds for them to save time. This one is painted on canvas, while the famous Mona Lisa is painted on wood. This could be a telling difference (CLICK).


At 27/9/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of the critics have already given it the thumbs down and have decried it a fake.

At 27/9/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I know. The canvas makes me suspicious. It suggests a later date. But an interesting story all the same and an attractive picture.


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