A recent discovery in the Conde Museum (Musée Condé) art collection has revealed a charcoal drawing with a very striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa that may have actually been done by Leonardo Da Vinci himself. The connection was made when the charcoal drawing recently came up during the museum’s recent appraisal of their art.
The painting, titled ‘Joncande Nu’ and ‘Monna Vanna’ is a charcoal drawing that features a very similar looking face to that of the Mona Lisa, and even has nearly the exact same hand gestures as the famous painting. Experts agree that the similar whimsy of the Mona Lisa can also be seen in this woman’s gestures.
The exact identity of the Mona Lisa has been a matter of speculation for years. The identity of this charcoal drawing is also believed to be that of Lisa Gherardini who has been speculated to be the Mona Lisa, which may shed more light on the mystery of the iconic figure’s identity.
Experts believe the drawing may have actually been done by one of Leonardo’s students, as the sketching done on the top right of the drawing is supposedly done by someone who was right-handed. Leonardo was famously left-handed. However, further analysis of the drawing may indicate that Leonardo added his own touches to the drawing.
Over the last few weeks, the charcoal drawing has been undergoing a restoration and appraisal at the Centre for Research and Restoration of The Museums of France, where experts have speculated that the subject in the drawing may have been an early sketch or proof of concept before Leonardo Da Vinci began his iconic oil painting.
The history of the Mona Lisa is a fascinating one. The use of bulletproof glass at the Louvre keeps the painting protected. The artwork itself has a history of wanton vandalism on top of its historical significance and has even been stolen several times from the museum. Perhaps this new charcoal drawing will gain notoriety in its own respect. To date, it remains one of the most iconic and recreated images in our culture.
The drawing is scheduled to continue its appraisal, but the answers may take some time, as handling the product is very difficult. The paper is so delicate and time has not been kind to it. The process takes extra care in preserving this work of art with potentially great historical significance.