The case of the Isleworth Mona Lisa continues to get more interesting, as an art foundation in Switzerland announced this week that they have reason to believe the painting -- purported to be an earlier version of Leonardo da Vinci's iconic portrait -- is authentic.
According to the Guardian, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology carried out tests on the mysterious artwork after it was revealed last September, determining that the canvas behind the much younger looking Mona Lisa dates somewhere between 1410 and 1455. This finding refutes claims that the piece was a late 16th century copy, as Italian geometrist Alfonso Rubino recently determined that the work conformed to Leonardo's basic line structures.
"When we add these new findings to the wealth of scientific and physical studies we already have, I believe anyone will find the evidence of a Leonardo attribution overwhelming," said David Feldman, vice-president of the foundation, in a statement to The Independent.
The Louvre's iconic Mona Lisa has long been thought to be the only portrait of Lisa Gherardini (aka Lisa del Giocondo) ever created by the artist, but brush-stroke analysis conducted by US physicist John Asmus last year stirred up rumors that the Isleworth, named after the county in which former owner Hugh Blaker discovered it, is the "original." This groundbreaking news could potentially change the way students study art history in the years to come.
The "Isleworth Mona Lisa" (c. 1410-1455 [approximate canvas date])
"Mona Lisa" (c. 1503-1505)
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