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The Other Mona Lisa


photographed by Brian Bezalel


Madrid, Spain – Many copies of “Mona Lisa” were painted years after the fact, but this copy is different, because evidence shows it was painted at the same time and in the same studio as the original masterpiece, probably by one of Leonardo’s assistants or pupils.

The copy shows the same woman and the same landscape, but depicts the woman in a more youthful and vibrant fashion, because the original masterpiece has been dulled by layers of cracked varnish. This copy is now one of the most important sources of information for working procedures in Leonardo’s studios.

It is on view in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, with little fanfare or protection, unlike the original.

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