Speculations about the copy of Mona Lisa in Italy straight from Da Vinci’s workshop
ROME: A copy of the famous Mona Lisa painting which has been part of the collection of the lower house of the Italian parliament since 1927, is believed to be a possible product of the workshop of Renaissance maestro Leonardo Da Vinci – possibly even wearing the brushstrokes by Leonardo himself.
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, the iconic masterpiece that is one of the centerpieces of the Louvre Museum in Paris, is among the most famous paintings in the world, Xinhua news agency reports.
Many copies of the painting exist, but in recent days speculation has begun to arise that Leonardo may have played a role in this specific copy.
“It’s a copy of the painting that’s in the Louvre,” MP Francesco D’Uva told Italian reporters this week. “It was made by Leonardo’s workshop, perhaps even with Leonardo’s collaboration.”
Meanwhile, Claudio Strinati, author and art historian, has called the theory that the painting could have been produced by Leonardo’s workshop “plausible”.
Other observers quoted in Italian media were less certain of the painting’s origins, arguing that it is too crude to be Leonardo’s work.
A parliamentary press official told Xinhua on Friday that the painting would undergo more detailed analysis by art experts to shed light on its origins in the coming months.
The Chamber of Deputies has owned the painting for almost a century.
The painting’s provable line of ownership goes back to the 16th century, which could correspond to the life of Leonardo, who died in France in 1519.
However, if the painting is proven to be from Leonardo’s workshop, including a possible contribution from Leonardo, it would be an extraordinary development, analysts say.
Copy of Mona Lisa portrait in Italy believed to be from Da Vinci’s workshop.