The Isleworth Mona Lisa on the left, the Louvre‘s Mona Lisa on the right. A Swiss foundation says the Isleworth Mona Lisa is an earlier version of the painting by Leonardo. (Mona Lisa Foundation)
I prefer the Isleworth Mona Lisa, probably because she looks more animated, whereas the world-renowned Mona Lisa that hangs in the Louvre looks rather eerie. (I still like the painting though!)
So whether or not the Isleworth was painted by Da Vinci or a student admirer, we’ll now have the opportunity to admire both paintings!
- ‘Early Mona Lisa’ claim disputed (bbc.co.uk)
- Is there another Mona Lisa? New evidence ‘Isleworth Mona Lisa’ is by Da Vinci (rt.com)
- Coming-out for ‘Isleworth Mona Lisa’ (toledoblade.com)