MASTER AND APPRENTICE


Replica: Painted alongside the original (left), historians say the copy (right) gives another insight into what the model for one of the world’s most famous paintings actually looked like

The Mona Lisa at the Prado in Madrid was thought to be just another fine copy, with added eyebrows and an odd black background.

But curators at Spain’s national art museum yesterday announced a startling discovery: the painting was actually by an artist in Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop at the same time as the original.

It is the first known copy of the most famous painting in history, and a discovery that curators believe sheds new light on the creation of the masterpiece.

Deputy conservator Gabriele Finaldi said: “It’s as if we were standing in the workshop itself, and at the next easel. You can see that the artist was working step by step with Leonardo. When Leonardo made a change, he made a change.” Read more HERE

A ‘Mona Lisa’ copy owned by Spain’s Prado Museum was almost certainly painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices alongside the master himself as he did the original, says museum officials.

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