Leonardo da Vinci possibly drew Monna Vanna.
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The world is full of mysteries some of which never get unraveled. The world of art has its own share of intrigue that makes life interesting. The latest in this context concerns the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Experts are busy examining a nude charcoal sketch could be the work of the great painter himself. Experts think that this picture might be the precursor of the Mona Lisa.
The drawing called Monna Vanna might have been the nude painting of Mona Lisa since the resemblance is unmistakable. Besides, the painting came from the priceless collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum.
In fact, it is here since 1862 at the palace of Chantilly, near Paris. Now, it is under scrutiny by professionals from the louvre. Mathieu Deldicque, the museum curator, believes that it is an original; the quality suggests that.
The scientists are comparing it with another work that was of the same period as Mona Lisa.
Deldicque stated that the limbs and body resembled Mona; the size of the drawing was the same as MonaLisa. Furthermore, the nude had holes on the outlines of the figure suggesting its tracing onto another canvas.
But, contradictions point to Leonardo drawing with his left hand though the painting top was the work of a right-hander. The crux of the matter is whether it was or not painted before or after the Mona Lisa. The Duc d’Aumale purchased Monna Vanna in 1862 for 7,000 francs.
Though, the nudes of Mona Lisa (about 20) exist around the world but dating them remains a problem. Moreover, it is very difficult to distinguish between paintings made by the master or members of his studio.
Two factors suggest that Leonardo could have been the painter who painted Monna Vanna:
• The paper on which the sketch is drawn dates back to Leonardo’s time, and
• The paper of the drawing is from between Florence and Venice in Italy.
• re are tempting clues that Leonardo’s hand could have been behind the sketch.
Thus, Art historians differ in their beliefs on this issue. However, the team of scientists believes that they will have the answer within two years when the master’s 500th death anniversary comes up.* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Saturday, September 30, 2017