In case you weren’t paying attention, last year experts claimed that a “second version” of the Mona Lisa was completed by Leonardo da Vinci about 10 years before the more famous work, which currently hangs in the Louvre in Paris.
Turns out those claims might be true.
From The Examiner:
The original Mona Lisa was thought to be the only portrait of Lisa Gherardini (aka Lisa del Giocondo) ever created by the artist,
The painting in question, dubbed the Isleworth Mona Lisa, is slightly larger than the famous portrait and has been the subject of debate as to its authenticity, but new revelations may finally end the debate that has continued since the painting’s discovery a century ago.
Testing on the painting is reinforcing the belief that it is indeed the authentic work of da Vinci.
“When we add these new findings to the wealth of scientific and physical studies we already have, I believe anyone will find the evidence of a Leonardo attribution overwhelming,” David Feldman, vice-president of the Mona Lisa Foundation said.
The Isleworth Mona Lisa was discovered shortly before the First World War by Hugh Blaker, an English art collector, while looking through the home of a Somerset nobleman. He bought the painting and took it to his studio in Isleworth, London, from which it takes its name.