The Nude Mona Lisa "invented" by Leonardo is the result of budding research in Florentine Neoplatonist circles during the s with whom the master was acquainted. Botticelli and Piero di Cosimo painted her in the nude, thus giving birth to a true pictorial subject matter, polysemous and at the intersection of genres. The Italian master spent a lot of time perfecting his work. Laboratory analyses have succeeding in showing that the Chantilly drawing was used as a tracing to transfer the composition for paintings probably created in his workshop. For the first time ever, they are shown together here.
French exhibition aims to reveal naked truth about 'nude Mona Lisa' | The Art Newspaper
Experts at the Louvre in Paris, where the world's biggest collection of Leonardo's work is held, have been examining a charcoal drawing known as the "Monna Vanna" which has long been attributed to the Renaissance painter's studio. But the charcoal preparatory work for a painting of a semi-nude woman, held at the Conde Museum at Chantilly north of Paris, may now have to be reclassified. The large drawing has been held since in the huge collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum, once the home of one of France's oldest noble families. Microscopic examinations have shown that it was drawn from the top left towards the bottom right, the curator said - which points to a left-handed artist. The drawing will be shown at a special exhibition at Chantilly later this year to mark the th anniversary of the death of the artistic genius, who was born in the Medici-ruled Republic of Florence in Louvre conservation expert Bruno Mottin had earlier confirmed that the work dated from Leonardo's lifetime.
The naked truth: Was the "Nude Mona Lisa" really drawn by da Vinci?
Art experts may have solved a riddle that has been baffling them for years: whether a drawing of a nude woman, bearing a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa, is a Leonardo da Vinci original. Following extensive testing, investigators from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France C2RMF say the charcoal drawing, known as the "Monna Vanna" or "Nude Mona Lisa," was completed in da Vinci's studio and may have been the work of the master himself. The drawing was previously thought to have been completed by da Vinci's students. Experts at the center found that much of the work was completed by a left-handed artist, supporting theories that da Vinci was the creator.
The charcoal drawing of a sideways-on semi-nude woman smiling is known as the Monna Vanna and had previously been thought to be by another artist working at the same time as Leonardo. The hands and body are in almost identical positions to those seen in the Mona Lisa, and recent re-examination by historians and scientific experts means the work may have to be reclassified. The sketch is believed to be a preparatory drawing for an oil painting and was not previously thought to be by Leonardo due to the presence of details done by a right-handed person. However, the re-examination revealed large amounts of the work were in fact done by someone left-handed.