Here at TPQ we do our best to keep you updated on all of the worlds events, things of cultural significance and general silly-ness. Occasionally, we like to lower our monocles, set down our glasses of wine, put down our copy of the Post and discuss the finer things, like Art.
Well, the earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado.
So, whats does that mean? Well, here you go:
Until recently, curators at the Prado had no idea of the significance of their copy of the Mona Lisa. There are dozens of surviving replicas from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Madrid version was believed by some specialist to have been painted fairly early, but the absence of the landscape background meant that it aroused little interest
The Madrid copy of the Mona Lisa is important for what it tells us about Leonardo’s studio practice. The production of a second version, painted alongside the original, is intriguing. It adds credence to Martin Kemp’s theory that Leonardo may also have had a hand in both versions of The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, 1501-07, one owned by the Duke of Buccleuch and the other by a New York private owner (formerly in the Lansdowne collection).
Ok there you go. Enjoy your glass of port and continue to think about the current status of the Greek economic system.