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The stream of news and discoveries about Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa are seemingly never-ending. In a shocking twist, it’s now been reported that a second version of the iconic portrait might have been discovered in a private collection in St. Petersburg.

Experts are now analyzing the artwork in order to establish whether it is a genuine work by Leonardo da Vinci or simply one of the many…

Source: Second ‘Mona Lisa’ Discovered in St. Petersburg – artnet News


_87084414_17b8b144-0b86-4b5b-bab3-204a08903ae6.jpgA French scientist claims to have discovered a different portrait hidden behind that of the Mona Lisa, following 10 years of analysis using reflective light technology. Pascal Cotte claims that Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work contains a figure that has neither the direct gaze nor subtle smile that the painting is known for. The Mona Lisa currently hangs in the Louvre and is effectively the most valued painting in the world, its insurance – adjusted for inflation – being at $782 million. The museum has declined to comment on the scientist’s claims.

Source: Hidden portrait ‘found under the Mona Lisa’, could lead to it being renamed | News | Culture | The Independent

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