Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa famous in several versions, including one nude, announces Discovery News. New painting, discovered after centuries, depicting a mysterious woman in original version, and the similarities between the two portraits, it and the classic, are striking.
The painting was brought to light from a private collection, where he stayed hidden for over a century. Exposed today in the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan, it is a first for people of culture and art reveals unknown aspects famous Renaissance artist.
“Even if painting is called Mona Vanna, eyes front, hands position, the concept of space and dark background, all going to think of the Mona Lisa’s iconographic theme,” said Alessandri Vezzosi, director of the museum in Tuscany.
The portrait belonged to Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fesch (1763-1839) and was hidden in the wooden wall of his personal library. In fact, the painting was forgotten in the wall for over a century. A note of the time show that Fesch to acquire this “Portrait of Mona Lisa, mistress of Francis I, Leonardo da Vinci” of the Rospigliosi, an influential member of the Roman aristocracy, and remained in possession until his death. The painting was bought, it seems, of Napoleon III, because, ultimately, to reach the private museum of Count Giuseppe Primola, a descendant of Luciano Bonaparte, one of Napoleon’s brothers.
Experts believe that da Vinci painted several portraits nude, but they were never exposed is considered offensive. It is clear that such works have inspired other artists, such as Rafaello, who in 1518 made nude portrait of his lover.