The Isleworth Mona Lisa

Size comparison of The Isleworth Mona Lisa

The Isleworth Mona Lisa is a famous picture as younger Mona Lisa, It is larger than the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
Its current owners believe that Leonardo himself painted parts of it a decade or so before beginning arguably the most famous picture in the world: the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.
But, it is awkward that the support of the Isleworth picture is canvas, when Leonardo usually painted on wood.

In addition, the Louvre painting was suggesting that the picture was originally framed by columns but was trimmed. However, experts who examined the Mona Lisa in 2004–2005 stated that the original painting had not been trimmed.

Leonardo expert Martin Kemp published a blog post rubbishing the foundation’s claims and explaining in detail why he considered them to be erroneous.

Background of the picture

English art collector Hugh Blaker discovered the Isleworth Mona Lisa in the home of a Somerset nobleman.
He bought the painting and took it to his studio in Isleworth, London, from which it takes its name.

In 1960's, Henry F. Pulitzer bought the this picture and "Where is the Mona Lisa" was published by the Pulitzer Press. He contended that Raphael made a sketch of this painting after seeing it in Leonardo's studio in 1504.
Hidden in a Swiss bank vault for 40 years, the Isleworth Mona Lisa was unveiled to the public on 27 September 2012.


Left: Back side of Mona Lisa in the Louvre

The original paint layer being painted with to an edge and the backside part of the picture.
The edges of the painting have been trimmed at least once in its history to fit the picture into various frames, but none of the original paint layer has been trimmed.



Prado's Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa replicas were already being painted during Leonardo's lifetime by his own students and contemporaries. This Prad's Mona Lisa is one of them.
This painting was first referred to in the 1666 inventory in the Galleria del Mediodia del Alcazar.
It was painted on walnut. The replica has been part of the Prado's collection since the museum's founding in 1819.
This picture's background was painted over in black in the 18th century, after restoration it was completely removed.The background was proved that an original was reproduced over the details faithfully.
Generally, many experts say the copies of "Mona Lisa" were painted at the same time and in the same studio as the original masterpiece.


After restoration of the Prado's Mona Lisa 2011, furnishings and landscape were able to see.
This picture is the most important source of information to study for Mona Lisa .

In February 2012,the Prado museum stated that:

“Following its rediscovery, this copy of the Mona Lisa in the Museo del Prado, which has now been confirmed as a work of one of Leonardo’s pupils or followers working in his studio while the original was being painted, has not only been confirmed as the oldest known copy of this enigmatic image but also acquires considerable importance for its potential to cast more light on the Louvre’s painting.”  October 4 2015