The Isleworth Mona Lisa?







Leonardo painted a prequel to Mona Lisa 10 years earlier?LINK

Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci may have painted a prequel to his master piece Mona Lisa, ten years earlier to the famous work which now hangs in the Louvre in Paris, experts claim.Known as 'Isleworth Mona Lisa', the earlier version is slightly larger in size than Mona Lisa and has been a subject of debate over its authenticity for long, the 'Daily Mail' reported.


Is There Another Mona Lisa? link

The Mona Lisa is one of, if not the most famous piece of art in the world. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece has inspired numerous forgeries and impersonators but none of them can compare to the original, which hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
None of them, that is, except for the true original Mona Lisa that was painted by da Vinci roughly 10 years earlier. That’s right, the Mona Lisa might have an older sister.


The Isleworth Mona Lisa Could Be An Early Version Of Leonardo Da Vinci's Famous Portrait Link

Art experts this week are claiming that they have found an early version of Leonardo da Vinci's wryly smiling beauty, Mona Lisa, reports The Daily Mail.
The work, dubbed the Isleworth Mona Lisa, was reportedly discovered by English art collector Hugh Blaker in Isleworth, London shortly before World War I. Though slightly larger than Leonardo's famous portrait, the subject in the Iselworth became famous for its striking resemblance to Lisa del Giocondo, sparking years of debate as to whether Blaker had discovered Mona Lisa's prequel, ABC News reports.



These are links to some previous blogs I've written about similar scenarios regarding the Mona Lisa and her "friends."
The Prado Mona was supposedly painted along side the "real" Mona Lisa. This new story is about  "The Isleworth Mona" that was painted BEFORE the "real Mona." If it really was painted by Leonardo da Vinci himself it would mean that the other Mona Lisa - the "final version" wasn't the first version, but another version. That she was based off of this first painting or used it as inspiration. 

Noteworthy are the pillars - which were cut off the official version or were never included. The background's perspective is off on the Isleworth Mona as in the real version. 

This could be a "rough draft" or a first attempt, possibly a painting by someone else that Leo helped with. It's hard to tell and it will be interesting to see what evidence they give to support it being painted by Leonardo. It's also noteworthy that there are many copies and version of the Mona Lisa by other's and that da Vinci most likely had a hand in. He had pupils and having them try their hand at painting his most complicated painting would be a great final exam!

This is another case where it alludes to the identity of the original sitter - probably not having much influence on other versions (if any at all) since they span 20+years - and still stay mostly true to the original face. To continue to paint and re-paint over a face year after year would make it extremely difficult to keep the original model's identity intact. Not to mention that it aligns when it is superimposed over other versions of "Mona Lisa" But also other, male, models. Coincidence? Check out my site for more and I will post more details as they come up and after i've spent some time with this new version of Mona!


Early Copies of the Mona Lisa

These are early copies of the Mona Lisa. The variations in the background, including the Pillars could be evidence that Leonardo continued to alter the painting well beyond 1503, possibly until his death in 1519.

  • Which version were these copies made from?
  • What year(s) were these copies made?
  • How could they have copied the original if Leonardo brought it with him when he moved to France?
  • They could be copies of a copy..
  • If these copies were made from the original - then why do some show the pillars and others do not?
  • Why is the perspective not off in some versions?



Vernon Collection - USA


National Gallery in Oslo, by Bernardino Luini MDXXV or Philippe de Champaigne




Chamber of Deputies - Rome, Bernardino Luini?


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