Teenage Mona Lisa?

Teenage Mona Lisa?

A picture went on view in Geneva Thursday that is said to be by da Vinci, a portrait of young Lisa Gherardini. Leonardo painted her after her marriage to merchant Francesco del Giocondo, and that painting is known as La Gioconda, and also as the Mona Lisa.

The newly-revealed painting of the teen beauty is called the Isleworth Mona Lisa. Is it by Leonardo da Vinci? Is it an early painting of a young Lisa Gherardini? Opinions differ:

“Group claims Da Vinci painted early Mona Lisa work,” Jamey Keaten, AP via USA Today

“Has the Original Mona Lisa Been Found?” Jennie Cohen, History

“Is This Mona Lisa’s First Smile?” Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

“‘Early Mona Lisa’ painting claim disputed,” BBC News

“Younger Mona Lisa Lacks Leonardo’s Look,” Martin Gayford, Businessweek

UPDATE:

“Swiss Mona Lisa ‘is the original,'” Reuters via The Guardian

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Image (“Teenage Mona Lisa”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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