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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Controversial portray of a youthful Mona Lisa purportedly by Leonardo

Above left is the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” an oil portray of Lisa del Giocondo who was, after all, the topic of the long-lasting Mona Lisa portrait by Leonardo da Vinci. However who painted this less-familiar Lisa? That relies on who you ask. For greater than a century, an array of artwork critics, sellers, and different consultants have argued that the Isleworth Mona Lisa can also be the handiwork of Leonardo, predating his archetypal Renaissance masterpiece (above proper) that he accomplished c.1503.

The Isleworth Mona Lisa is at present on show in Turin the place the Mona Lisa Basis in Zurich is selling it because the “earlier model of his most celebrated portray.” In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones, creator of A Historical past of the Renaissance, calls bullshit:

It appears inconceivable to me that essentially the most refined, observant and relentlessly affected person of artists would have produced such a awful, lackadaisical picture of a human face. Leonardo did nice portraits of ladies earlier than he even began the Mona Lisa, and in every one he created a haunting internal presence: the pale melancholy of Ginevra de’ Benci; the self-possessed power of Cecilia Gallerani. The so-called Isleworth Mona Lisa is, in contrast, fully missing in character. Her grin seems to be inane and glued, in contrast to the true Mona Lisa’s deeply studied smile which displays Leonardo’s anatomical dissections of human facial muscle tissues, proper all the way down to the lips.

Even the form of this Mona Lisa’s face appears unsuitable – not simply because it differs from the Louvre portray however as a result of it would not have the classical proportions or fleshy actuality that Renaissance artists aimed for. Has it been carbon-dated? It seems to be like a contemporary face, although presumably it’s a copy completed someday between the 1500s and the 1700s when it’s stated to have reached Britain. Nevertheless it’s a foul copy. Or a deliberate pretend.

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