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Mona Lisa 'twin' discovered in Spain

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2012 · Comment icon 10 comments

Image Credit: Leonardo da Vinci
What was thought to be a copy has turned out to be a unique version by one of Da Vinci's students.
The version of Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid was long thought to simply be a regular copy of the famous painting, that was until it was discovered that it had actually been painted by one of the artist's at Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop from around the same time as Da Vinci had painted the original.
Deputy conservator, Gabriele Finaldi, said: "It's as if we were standing in the workshop itself, and at the next easel. You can see that the artist was working step by step with Leonardo. When Leonardo made a change, he made a change. "

Source: Independent | Comments (10)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bulveye 12 years ago
I really can not stand the Mona Lisa painting. She is a bland woman with dead eyes and it is utterly boring. I've never understood the amount of attention it gets.
Comment icon #2 Posted by gnostic-deity 12 years ago
interesting. too bad DaVinci didnt paint it himself
Comment icon #3 Posted by I Am Not Resisting 12 years ago
Very cool!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Englishgent 12 years ago
I actually prefer it to the ''real'' thing. It makes her look a lot younger too
Comment icon #5 Posted by angi chiesa 12 years ago
So leonardo painted two pictures,he was not happy with the first oneand he wanted to give her the best shot.It is hard to believe that a student could copy so well. He painted two portraits .Which one is the first one
Comment icon #6 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 12 years ago
Being from Spain, for some reason I just pictured the Mona Lisa twin picture with a Guy Fawkes mustache and goatee. lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by angi chiesa 12 years ago
her sister was named moan-a-lot
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hybrid89 12 years ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by Finder of Lost Things 11 years ago
I'm not an art critic but I like the Spanish one better, which isn't saying much because I never "got" the whole Mona Lisa thing anyway.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mistress of Shadows 11 years ago
Yeah, I like the spanish one better too. XD It's so much more bright and colorful.

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