Identical Mona Lisa

In 2012 the news broke that the Prado had found a copy of Da Vinci’s 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. Due to the clean-up, the copied Mona Lisa looks fresh and much younger than her older sister.

For a long time I had the image 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 because of her freshness, brightness and fabulous bluish background. Despite that, the original Mona Lisa seems to smile more due to her darker cheeks that adds depth to her face and soul. Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is also best 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 darkened vanish. I suspect Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa will stay our sweetheart but it wouldn’t surprise me when our feelings for her younger sister will grow.

Paula Kuitenbrouwer

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14 thoughts on “Identical Mona Lisa

    1. I had to laugh the first time I saw the younger sister of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It was so stunning and intriguing. Only after much admiration, I started to have an eye for the differences.
      Dave, which painting would you prefer as a mantelpiece? 🙂


  1. I still prefer the original even though the copy is also quite nice. There is enough difference in the shapes of the faces, eyes and smile to make the original look warmer, and more inviting and approachable to me.


    1. Most people do, Fergie. I think the restorers who are about to clean the original Mona Lisa should take care not to remove too much of the warmth that has a lot to do with the discoloured varnish. Having said that, the Mona Lisa will survive it all, and she will keep smiling sweetly and mysteriously.


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