Months ago the news broke that in the Prado a copy was found of the Mona Lisa. Assumed is now that two apprentices of Da Vinci made this painting. For a long time nobody thought much of it but that has changed. After a clean-up, art critics were stunned by the resemblance to the real Mona Lisa. The dress, the face of the copied Mona Lisa and the landscape had much more quality than previously assumed. Because of the cleaning, the copied Mona Lisa looks fresh and much younger than her older twin-sister.
I’d cut out this news-article and pinned it on my inspiration board. From time to time I had a look at the two paintings and I started to like the copy a lot. The younger Mona Lisa clearly makes me happy with her freshness and brightness. But despite that the original Mona Lisa keeps on smiling more lovely due to her darker cheeks that deepen her smile. Beside that, I noticed that I still liked Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa best because she is better composed and has a smaller chest, whereas the copied Mona Lisa’s body and head seem to belong to two different models.
I look forward to the day the Mona Lisa gets a clean, because its background is rather obscured by dark vanish. I suspect Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa will stay the sweetheart of so many while our feelings for her younger sister will grow.