Isleworth Mona Lisa: a younger, happier version, or a decent knockoff?
December 8, 2013 12:42 PM Subscribe
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There has long been various lines of speculation about Mona Lisa
, including the existence of an earlier version of the painting. A painting purported to be the earlier version was revealed in 2012
. The accuracy of the statements are supported by The Mona Lisa Foundation, who have set up an extensive website
around the history of the Mona Lisa and other versions, and also prepared a 21 minute documentary
with various professionals providing their knowledge on the topic.Isleworth Mona Lisa on Wikipedia
Shortly before World War I, English art collector Hugh Blaker discovered the painting in the home of a Somerset nobleman in whose family it had been for nearly 100 years. This discovery led to the conjecture that Leonardo painted two portraits of Lisa del Giocondo: the famous one in The Louvre, and the one discovered by Blaker, who bought the painting and took it to his studio in Isleworth, London, from which it takes its name.
The "earlier" portrait is associated with Leonardo's biographer, Giorgio Vasari
, who noted that the painting lingered, unfinished
(PDF). Then a fully finished painting of a "certain Florentine lady" surfaced again in 1517, which everyone recognizes as the Mona Lisa.
Despite the claims of the Isleworth Mona Lisa being supported by a variety of experts, Oxford University professor Martin Kemp, a world-recognised authority on Da Vinci
, is one of people still not convinced
, even after radio carbon dating apparently refuted the claims of the image being a replica made after the original
If you'd like to compare the Isleworth Mona Lisa versus the painting in the Louvre, The Mona Lisa Foundation has a write-up
, and The Washington Post has an interactive tool
that lets you compare the images with a slider to display more of either image, or you could download high quality versions of the images and compare them yourself: 4193 × 5480 Isleworth Mona Lisa
(also available on Wikipedia
, but the largest size is 1,210 × 1,600 pixels) | Mona Lisa at the Louvre
(up to 7,479 × 11,146 pixels)