According to a recent BBC report, clues have emerged to suggest that a charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, and previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio, was actually, like Mona Lisa, the work of the great artist.
The charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years, according to a French art expert, may have been a sketch for the famous Mona Lisa. However, more experts said they have found enough evidence following test at the Louvre Museum in Paris, to show that da Vinci worked on both art works.
According to the BBC reports, the Monna Venna has been held since 1862 in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly, north of Paris, France.
It stated thus –
“Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance, and his Mona Lisa oil painting (also known as La Gioconda) remains one of the world’s most recognisable and valuable works of art.
It is believed to have been a commission from cloth merchant and Florentine official Francesco del Giocondo for a portrait of his wife, Lisa Gherardini.”
A curator Mathieu Deldicque was also quotes as saying to the AFP news agency with respect to the discovery –
“The drawing has a quality in the way the face and hands are rendered that is truly remarkable,
It is not a pale copy. We are looking at something which was worked on in parallel with the Mona Lisa at the end of Leonardo’s life.
It is almost certainly a preparatory work for an oil painting.”