Art Group: This Is Young Mona Lisa
Swiss foundation says da Vinci painted two works, 10 years apart
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2012 12:46 PM CDT
A painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci representing Mona Lisa is displayed during a presentation in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Yannick Bailly)

(Newser) – The world has a second Mona Lisa painting by da Vinci to ooh and aah over, says a Swiss art group. The Mona Lisa Foundation asserted today that years of historical and scientific research proves that the artist painted two portraits of Lisa del Giocondo at different ages, about 10 years apart, reports the BBC. The older one is hanging in the Louvre. The younger one, known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, has been the subject of debate for decades—is it a skillful copy or a separate, authentic painting?

"We have investigated this painting from every relevant angle and the accumulated information all points to it being an earlier version of the (Mona Lisa) in the Louvre," says the foundation. (The group's website and related video is here, and it also has a new book on the subject, notes the Los Angeles Times.) The painting is owned by an anonymous consortium, so it's unclear who, if anyone, would profit from the designation—assuming it holds up. There's "no basis for thinking that there was an earlier portrait," says one skeptical Oxford professor.

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Oct 1, 2012 7:59 AM CDT
The excellence of another D Vinci masterpiece has been unveiled to the World! The World is better off than before!
Sep 29, 2012 7:51 AM CDT
Who is the expert? The same person that restored that Jesus painting?
Sep 27, 2012 2:50 PM CDT
Now it's real? Before it wasn't, but I guess it's who owns it. When it first surfaced it wasn't worth much, except as a great copy or forgery, but now... If I own a part of it, I too, as an "expert", would want it to be real.