Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It's no news that the famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci has always been involved in mistery and has been object of some of the most finical conjectures and theories, namely during the last couple of years. Also with the latest technological developments, important conclusions have been draw.
But a new discover announced this Wednesday by the Museo del Prado has hit the art world like a bomb: The oldest known copy of Mona Lisa - it's not like the usual copies completed during all these centuries, it's a copy accomplished at the same time that the original one and quite probably painted aside by one of Da Vinci students, either Andrea Salai or Francesco Melzi.
Mentioned in the catalogue of Museo del Prado, the painting that for several years stood in the museum's archives, thought to be painted by a Dutch painter because the experts thought that it was painted on oak (a wood not used by Florentine painters), was afteral painted on walnut.
Moreover, after the cleaning and consequent removing of a dark background thought to be added in the 18th century, a Tuscan landscape was revealed.
Measuring 77cm X 53cm (the original measures 76cm X 57cm), this recently discovery is one of the most important ones in the last decades and will soon be exhibited in the Museo del Prado, after which will be traveling to the Louvre where it will be shown to the public side by side with Leonardo's Mona Lisa.