I for one have never thought Mona Lisa was all that pretty, which is blasphemy I’m sure in the art world. But after seeing the recently unveiled younger version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait, known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, I have to take that back. She was pretty.
According to ABC news, the unveiling yesterday by the Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation confirmed the authenticity of the work of art. The painting apparently had been part of a collection owned by now-deceased Henry Pulitzer, renowned art collector.
The foundation insists that it’s authentic, even though several art historians disagree.
According to Wikipedia, “Guinness World Records lists the Mona Lisa as having the highest insurance value for a painting in history. It was assessed at US$100 million on December 14, 1962, before the painting toured the United States for several months. However, the Louvre chose to spend the money that would have been spent on the insurance premium on security instead. Taking inflation into account, the 1962 value would be around US$768 million today.”
No word yet on what the younger version would be worth.
Click here to see the two Monas.