Art experts are giving a second look at a charcoal drawing called Monna Vanna — with clues to the most famous painting in the world. It shows her nude, hands positioned in Mona Lisa fashion.
“After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is ‘at least in part by Leonardo,” said the BBC.
“The drawing has a quality in the way the face and hands are rendered that is truly remarkable. It is not a pale copy,” said curator Mathieu Deldicque. “We are looking at something which was worked on in parallel with the Mona Lisa at the end of Leonardo’s life.”
The drawing is in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly near Paris. It’s been there since 1862, the BBC notes.
However, Louvre conservation expert Bruno Mottin — who confirmed it dated from the start of the 16th century — points out that hatching on the top of the drawing near the head had been done by a right-handed person while Leonardo drew with his left hand.
“We must remain prudent,” he told Agence France-Presse. “It is job that is going to take some time. It is a very difficult drawing to work on because it is particularly fragile.”
Art critics emerged:
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— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 29, 2017
Looks like Mona Lisa forgot to put her nudes in ivault pic.twitter.com/pjIpXhbQIA
— Charlotte???? (@CharlotteAnysia) September 29, 2017
“Nude Mona Lisa ain’t doing it for me. I’m more of a ‘Katsushika Hokusai Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ kind of guy.” – pervy art collector.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) September 29, 2017
A Painting was found of a nude Mona Lisa in France Forensics suggest that it was from Da Vinci A new World record for the oldest nude leaked pic.twitter.com/OBkAYB4tkp
— ThatTorontoGuy (@ourlifeinto) September 29, 2017