Naked Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, Discovered In France

Written by Aara Jones
10 · 09 · 17
Naked Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, Discovered In France

The Naked Mona Lisa painting is rocking the art world! 

Titled “Monna Vanna” and “Joconde Nue”, scientists examining the portrait believe that it must be partially painted by Leonardo Da Vinci himself. The topless woman in the painting has a similar face as the most famous Mona Lisa painting. The painting is at the Louvre Museum at present and is gaining a lot of attention. 

For a month or more, the painting has been undergoing appraisal at the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France, in Paris. Experts concluded that the image in the painting is a sketch of naked Mona Lisa, made just before he did the iconic portrait famous as Mona Lisa. 

Until now, it was a speculation that the Joconde Nue was done by Leonardo Nue, but it now seems as if the Italian expert contributed to a part of the painting. 

Bruno Mottin, who is a conservation expert, explained this belief by shedding some light on it. He said to Le Parisien, “The hatching on the top of the drawing near the head was done by a right-handed person; Leonardo drew with his left hand.” 

Original Work on Naked Mona Lisa Partially by Leonardo 

The drawing is sure to be original, one of Leonardo’s studios, and not a copy of existing ones around the world. The original remains at the Condé Museum in Chantilly situated in North Paris. It has been there for more than 150 years, since 1862. The Duke d’Aumale had bought it at the time for 7,000 francs. 

The conservator, Mathieu Deldicque spoke to the AFP. He said that the painting has quality in the manner the hands and faces were sketched. It is a pale copy. He also said that the painting was done parallel to the famous Mona Lisa, in 1503, close to the end of Leonardo’s life. It was in preparation for the oil painting. 

Differences and Similarities in Both Pieces 

Although experts have noticed many differences, they note the identical manner of the torso and hands. The smiles have similar enigma in both naked Mona Lisa or Monna Vanna and the iconic Mona Lisa. The charcoal painting has holes pierced in it, which could suggest it was in use as a backdrop to trace the second image. 

History of Mona Lisa 

The Louvre Museum says there is still a lot of mystery shrouding the Mona Lisa. The identity of the sitter remains unclear until today, how long Leonardo took to make this masterpiece, who commissioned it, and how it found its way to the French royal collection still baffles historians. 

According to what we know, for now, the actual Mona Lisa painting and naked Mona Lisa paintings’ beginning dates to Florence, in 1503. The sitter may be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco Del Giocondo, a Florentine cloth merchant. It seems as if Leonardo took the painting to France, instead of handing it to the commissioner of the work. 

The curators hope that they will get answers to all the mysteries surrounding these paintings by 2019. The year will mark the death anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci after 500-years. Historians continue to dig deep into history. 

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