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‘Earlier version’ of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa unveiled
A SWISS foundation unveiled what it said was an earlier version of the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
Before carefully pulling back long velvet white drapes to reveal a radiant painting of what looks like a younger version of the Mona Lisa displayed in the Louvre, the Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said it had evidence the work had indeed been executed by the Italian master.
“Historical evidence suggests that Leonardo da Vinci left unfinished an earlier portrait of Mona Lisa in which she is flanked by side columns,” the foundation said in a statement.
Louis Béroud was a fairly well-known artist who did paintings in and about the Louvre. On August 22, 1911, he went to the Louvre to paint the Mona Lisa on the wall of the Salon Carre and saw that it was not there. He asked a passing guard where it was. The guard shrugged and said “Probably being photographed.” Several hours later when La Joconde had not been returned, Beroud saw the guard again and asked when the masterpiece was going to be returned. The guard was concerned that the Mona Lisa had not been rehung. He immediately went off to the photo studio to see. He came back very agitated: the photographers did not have her and hadn’t seen her. She was missing.