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Offline Anna Iram

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Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:41:51 AM »
Believed to be painted alongside Da Vinci as he worked on his masterpiece. Said to be better preserved and showing detail difficult to see in Leonardo's. I'd love to see this.

 http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Earliest-copy-of-Mona-Lisa-found-in-Prado/25514

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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 01:54:16 PM »
I am stunned.. (shouldn't be)  I was aware that it had been altered over the years but it is striking the posability of how much!  Such detail.. The lace.. the ringlettes..  the BACKGROUND!   So beautiful.

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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 02:03:55 PM »
I know! Interesting note on Rowen's link. The artist gave her eyebrows. :)

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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 02:28:25 PM »
fascinating
 thank you for posting that
to be honest
I like the Prado version better.
Much more life and interest in my opinion
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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 03:10:42 PM »
  It is much lighter and a bit bigger than the original too.  This one looks to be about twice the size of the Louve painting.   
  I love that she has eyebrows! 
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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 07:32:52 PM »
Ok... I just have to ask...     Does that background have a slight aire of LOTR about it?   Just a smidge?    Think Tolkein illustrations.. then look at that..,. then to Tolkein... then to that...   hmmmm?

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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 05:15:24 PM »
It's...it's...Mordor!!!!  :D

Funny, it does remind me of the illustrations on a set of LOTR books I have from the 1970's.

Looking again at the two paintings I think there are indeed eyebrows on Da Vinci's portait, but like the veil she wears, they are nearly lost beneath the aging varnish. I do hope one day soon she is restored.

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Re: Earliest copy of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa found.
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 05:29:10 AM »
This is great. Maybe one day the Prado will let the Meadows exhibit it and I'll get to see it in person!

One can hope.
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